Diogo Dalot is aiming to give Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer a selection headache as the Premier League restarts.
The Portuguese defender has made only 10 appearances this season, four of which came in the top-flight.
The 21-year-old has struggled with hip and groin injuries and slipped down the pecking order at Old Trafford after the arrival of Aaron Wan-Bissaka last summer.
But Dalot insists he will “make the task difficult” for Solskjaer as the Norwegian picks his teams for United’s remaining games – starting with the trip to Tottenham Hotspur on Friday evening.
“I think that’s only a good thing because it ups the challenge a little bit more as well,” Dalot told Sky Sports.
“We have a lot more players to each position and then we as a player need to make the task difficult for the manager.
“And he just has to pick 11, but we will make sure that everyone is ready and everyone is fully fit to play.”
Dalot’s last appearance came in the 3-0 FA victory over Derby County in March.
The Portugal U21 star joined from Porto in a £2million deal in July 2018 and is contracted at Old Trafford for another three years.
Though he is yet to nail down a starting role, Dalot reaffirmed his desire to become United’s first-choice right-back in February.
“It feels good to start feeling confident again and feeling comfortable with my fitness. I’m going to push hard and make sure that I deserve to play here,” he said.
“That’s why I signed to come here. I want to be the best right-back that I can be at Manchester United.
“They [injuries] are experiences that I need to live. It’s football and you need to be ready for this kind of challenge.
“Of course I was young when all this happened but in my mind I am always trying to be positive and in the future I’ll be strong, physically and mentally.
“I think I have the ability to play at right-back at this club and I need to show that.”
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