Diogo Dalot has hailed the impact of new Manchester United manager Ralf Rangnick after their win over Cystal Palace.
United had only a 45-minute training session to prepare for the game due to the poor weather on Saturday, but the players responded brilliantly and they could easily have won by more than the one goal.
The Palace victory capped a particularly good week for Dalot, who started successive United games for the first time since April 2019 and is now the fans’ new hero.
“I think it’s down to everyone,” Dalot said. “Not just for the message from the manager but obviously for everyone on the pitch – the fans, the ones that are outside the pitch.
“Everybody was into it and that’s what we need to do and keep like that for the rest of the season. But mostly in the next game and build this foundation for the rest of the games.
“It’s difficult to change and have an opinion in such a few days, but we’re going to have time to know him and he’s going to have time to know [us] as well for the next couple of weeks. I’m sure that if everybody’s together, everybody’s into it, we’re going to do a fantastic job. We’re going to help him and he’s going to help us as well.
“There’s no secret that he’s a very good manager with very good ideas to play football. Hopefully, we can help them to give us the best that he can give as well and vice versa.
“I think it was a complete performance after what we did today. We get a clean sheet, get the three points, score a late goal, so it was a good afternoon for everyone.
“You need to have clean sheets. You’re going to be closer to win games like that (if you do), so it was important to be compact defensively and then we’re going to create a lot of chances.
“We needed to score as well. We kept our head clean after a few opportunities that we didn’t score and Fred at the end was fantastic for him as well and for the team.”
The Arsenal game was Dalot’s first Premier League start since October 2019 and his fine display earned him a place in an unchanged side for Rangnick’s first game in charge.
“I mean, there’s no secret that it’s difficult when you don’t play as much as you wanted,” Dalot acknowledged. “But it’s our job to get ready and I’ve been doing that for a couple of months now, especially this season, and be ready when my time comes to give everything on the pitch. Help the team, that’s the most important thing, and I’m very happy to give this momentum as well and be out there with the team.
“It’s my job to be out there and then help the team and give my best. I need to show my best qualities as well. I have fantastic players that can help me inside the pitch and today was one more opportunity for me to give that. I’m very happy with the individual performance, but mostly with the collective performance.”
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