Dalot: We need to be aggressive
Manchester United right-back Diogo Dalot is urging the Reds to maintain concentration between now and the end of the season, regardless of opposition.
Dalot spoke to MUTV ahead of United’s trip to Everton on Saturday, reiterating the need for the Reds to be at their best for the run-in.
He said: “We still have a lot to play for this season. We want to be in the Champions League next season, so we need to push. We need to win games and we need to give everything until the end of the season.
With Ralf Rangnick’s side hosting relegation-threatened Norwich next week before clashes against Liverpool and Arsenal the following week, April is a massive month for the Reds.
“We know that there are not a lot of games left but we need to do our job,” said Dalot. “Then we’ll see how things go. I’m pretty sure that if we are on the best level that we can be, we are going to be in the Champions League next season.”
United travel to Everton on the back of last week’s 1-1 draw with Leicester, while the Merseysiders are looking to bounce back from their 3-2 defeat by fellow relegation battlers Burnley on Wednesday night.
Despite the hosts’ form, Dalot expects Frank Lampard’s side to provide a difficult challenge, especially if they get their vociferous fans behind them.
He said: “To go to Goodison Park, it’s always a tough atmosphere to play, we know that they’re struggling a little bit, but they will have motivation to play against us, so we need to expect everything and be ready for any kind of challenge.
“They are fighting for their lives. We need to be completely sharp, completely focused on what we need to do, and expect them to try everything to get points out of the game.”
And the 23-year-old is confident that if United can match the energy of the hosts, the Reds take three points back to Manchester.
“We need to start building again, especially on a physicality level,” he said. “We need to be more aggressive; we need to want [to win] more than the other team.
“[Our] quality will come out for itself but the physical levels, the mental levels have to be more than them so that we can win the game.”
United face Everton away in the Premier League on Saturday. Kick-off is scheduled for 12:30 BST.