Dalot disappointed by Brighton defeat
Manchester United right-back Diogo Dalot believes that a “really bad” first 45 minutes cost United a positive result in our first fixture of the new Premier League season.
Erik ten Hag's side were defeated 2-1 by Brighton at Old Trafford, with a first-half double from Pascal Gross proving pivotal.
The Reds improved in the second half and forced an own goal from Alexis Mac Allister to halve the deficit, but Graham Potter’s side held on for their first-ever victory at the Theatre of Dreams.
Speaking to MUTV following the defeat, Dalot was dejected.
He said: “I think everyone felt that it was a disappointing result. We started really bad the first 45 minutes. Second half we got a little bit better but still not enough to win a game like this.
“We knew that it was going to be tough. [I’m] disappointed but we need to keep our heads up and start working for the next game.”
The Portuguese defender elaborated on his assessment, pinpointing the key areas that he feels United could have dealt with the Seagulls better.
“I think we could stop a little bit more the counter attacks,” he added. “We let them play freely a couple of times and they [played] in behind.
“We could stop those counter attacks with a little bit more aggression, but [as] I said, we did better in the second half. We kept more of the ball, we had some chances, but we need to analyse what we didn’t do right and try to improve for the next game.”
Dalot praised the support of our fans, and looked ahead to United’s next fixture: an away clash against Brentford on Saturday evening. The Bees drew 2-2 at Leicester in their first fixture of this term.
“The fans were always there through the 90 minutes, even when we were 2-0 down,” he said. “We knew if we scored a goal the crowd would [be behind us].
“[The result is] a setback. We need to keep together, and I think this will not be an issue for us for the next games. But we have to for sure to analyse what we didn’t do well and then try to improve for the next game.”