MANCHESTER UNITED right-back Diogo Dalot used his first Red Devils payday to buy a new minibus for his childhood team.

The 23-year-old is seeing consistent game time at Old Trafford under new boss Erik ten Hag.

Dalot bought his childhood club a minibus with his first United paycheck

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Dalot bought his childhood club a minibus with his first United paycheckCredit: Getty

Dalot has turned out 15 times for United this season across all competitions, starting in every single appearance.

He moved to Old Trafford from Porto for £19million in 2018, despite having made just eight senior appearances for the Portuguese side.

Before joining Porto’s academy at the age of nine, he played for a club in Braga called Fintas.

Dalot holds Fintas near and dear to his heart. So much so he bought his childhood club a minibus.

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Speaking to The Times, the right-back recalled his dad inviting the club’s two presidents over to his house, where he presented them with the gift which came out of his first United paycheck.

He said: “I bought it for them when I gained my first salary from United.

“I wanted to give something back to Fintas, because legally they wouldn’t receive anything for my transfer from Porto. 

“I knew a van would help them a lot, because they have to pick up kids from the houses and sometimes the parents had to drive them. 

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“I remember my father was driving me to training every single time, sometimes picking up other kids because their parents could not — so I think the van was the right choice.”

Despite being a busy football superstar, Dalot still makes time to go and visit his former team when in Braga.

Coach Luis Travessa Martins said in 2019: “Whenever he comes to Braga, he comes to visit us, he watches the games and takes time to talk to the young players.

“He is an inspiration to our players.”


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