Manchester United‘s new signing Diogo Dalot will be using his first few weeks at the club to recover from knee surgery.
The 19-year-old, who completed his £17.4million move from Porto last week, was walking with the aid of crutches as he attended the Soccer Aid match at Old Trafford on Sunday night.
Dalot took the time to sign autographs for supporters as he explores his new home, but he does face a race to be fit for United’s pre-season tour of the United States.
Manchester United’s new £17.4m signing Diogo Dalot on crutches as he attended Soccer Aid on Sunday night. Dalot is recovering from knee surgery at the end of the season
Dalot completed his transfer from Porto to United at the end of last week and is expected to recover from the knee injury to make their pre-season tour of the United States
Dalot signs autographs for fans as he attends Soccer Aid in Manchester on Sunday evening
The meniscus injury ruled Dalot out of the last three matches of Porto’s season and he is unlikely to be fully fit when he makes permanent his move to Manchester later this month.
United expect Dalot to be ready to resume training in time for their pre-season tour, which sees them play five times in five different locations within two weeks.
The first of these is against Club America in the Phoenix Stadium, Arizona on July 19.
From there, Jose Mourinho’s squad travel to Santa Clara to take on Major League Soccer side San Jose Earthquakes on July 22.
The 19-year-old defender poses in a Manchester United shirt at his official unveiling last week
Jose Mourinho hopes Dalot will strengthen United’s back line ahead of a title challenge
Dalot in action for Porto in their Champions League tie against Liverpool last season
Man United pre-season tour
July 19 Club America (Phoenix Stadium, Arizona; 3am UK time on July 20)
July 22 San Jose Earthquakes (Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara; midnight UK time on July 23)
July 25 Milan (Pasadena Rose Bowl, California; 4am UK time on July 26)
July 28 Liverpool (Michigan Stadium, Ann Arbor; 10pm UK time)
July 31 Real Madrid (Hard Rock Stadium, Miami; 1am UK time on August 1)
United will then play three matches in the International Champions Cup – against Milan in Pasadena on July 25, Liverpool in Michigan on July 28 and Real Madrid in Miami on July 31.
Speaking shortly before he completed his move to United, Dalot told Radio Renascenca: ‘The recovery is going well. Above all, it takes a lot of patience, knowing that it’s a lengthy process and without hurry to achieve maximum recovery.
‘It’s for it to be at the highest level I work. The priority is to recover well from the knee so I continue to evolve.’
Another new United signing, the Brazilian midfielder Fred, suffered an ankle injury in training but is still set to take part in the World Cup.