Manchester United are thought to be preparing new contract offers for Diogo Dalot and Fred, according to reports. The two surprise stars of the season have made quite the impression under Ralf Rangnick, who has continued to pick them both regularly since replacing Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
It’s been a rough ride for Dalot at Old Trafford until now, having spent the majority of his time behind Aaron Wan-Bissaka in the pecking order.
But Rangnick has been prepared to show faith in the Portuguese international, who impressed on loan at AC Milan last season.
Solskjaer blocked Dalot from joining Borussia Dortmund before the start of the new campaign but continued to pick Wan-Bissaka – despite his questionable form.
Now ESPN say both Dalot and midfielder Fred are in line for new contracts as a result of their contributions this term.
Fred came off the bench to blast home a vital goal in United’s 4-2 win at Elland Road on Sunday.
His impact and performance earned rich praise from fellow midfielder Bruno Fernandes.
“Obviously, Fred is a player that works hard, and he is the kind of player who does not get a lot of media (attention) because he works hard, recovers a lot of balls,” Fernandes told MUTV.
“He and Scotty (McTominay) are two players who are really important for us in many games. I am really happy for him.”
Rangnick has made no secret of the fact he admires Fred for his qualities in the middle of the park.
The box-to-box midfielder is now starting to affect the game at both ends of the pitch, earning respect from his team-mates.
Both Fred and Dalot arrived at Old Trafford in the same transfer window, signing five-year contracts.
They are now in the final 18 months of their current deals and both hope to stay at the club.
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