Diogo Dalot.

Dalot: It's been a tough journey to my first goal

Diogo Dalot described a “release” of emotion after scoring his first Manchester United goal as the Reds dispatched Tranmere Rovers 6-0 in the Emirates FA Cup on Sunday.

The Portuguese defender, making only his fourth start of the season, and his first since October, struck United’s second from the edge of the area on 13 minutes.

Dalot has largely been sidelined through injury this season and, after the final whistle, he admitted the road to recovery had been ‘tough’, something which was reflected in his goal celebration.

“Yeah, it was more like a release of something I’ve been feeling inside me after these three months,” Diogo told us.

“It’s been a tough journey, but like I said, these kind of things, a win and a goal make us feel like I’m doing a good job in fighting, working every day and taking the opportunities.”

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United overcame a sodden and muddy surface at Prenton Park, which had been the main topic of conversation in the lead-up to the game.

Dalot said the team had the right attitude when it came to adapting to the different challenges the pitch posed.

“[It was] like a big fight,” the 20-year-old added.

“If we didn’t come with the right desire and the right mentality we could make it more difficult.

“Like I said today we did a good job, right mentality, proper fight, respect the opponent and we get the win.”

United now travel to the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday, determined to overcome a two-goal deficit in the Carabao Cup semi-final.

Wolverhampton Wanderers will then visit Old Trafford in the Premier League in another tough-looking fixture, prior to the 16-day winter break, and Dalot is looking forward to more time out on the pitch.

“Yeah, it’s why we’re here.

“It’s what we work for every day for these kind of games, for this kind of fight and now we’re focused on tomorrow and we go again on Wednesday.”

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