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Cristiano Ronaldo gives Manchester United teammate Diogo Dalot new nickname

Ronaldo and Dalot are also international teammates for Portugal.

Cristiano Ronaldo has given Diogo Dalot of Manchester United a new moniker.

 

The 37-year-old remarked on the full-Instagram back’s image ‘piteusinho’ ahead of Thursday night’s Europa League defeat to Real Sociedad. This approximately translates to ‘small pittie,’ and while the meaning in English is unclear, it is assumed to be referring to Dalot as a ‘little Pitbull.’

 

The 23-year-new old’s moniker surely fits his recent efforts for United. Dalot has made the right-back position his own this season, with the defender playing an important role for the Reds in recent games.

 

Erik ten Hag was unable to sign a right-back this summer, thus he retained Aaron Wan-Bissaka as a backup to Dalot. Meanwhile, Ronaldo has battled for first-team minutes since Ten Hag took over.

 

United’s Portuguese star has been in every game this season, but starts have been difficult to come by. Ronaldo has only started one Premier League game this season, a 4-0 defeat at Brentford.

 

He also played the entire 90 minutes on Thursday, but his performance was not what we have come to expect from the forward over the last decade. United will not play this weekend as a gesture of respect to Her Majesty the Queen, but they will return to action on Thursday when they travel to Sheriff Tiraspol in the Europa League.

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