Diogo Dalot in action for Manchester United

Dalot: We are not just 11 players

Friday 07 October 2022 07:00

Diogo Dalot has praised his Manchester United team-mates who came off the bench in Thursday's 3-2 win over Omonia Nicosia.

In particular, Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial played a crucial role in the Reds' comeback, entering the fray in the second half. 

Rashford levelled the scoring, before Martial put the Reds ahead moments after his introduction. The former then scored what turned out to be the game-winning goal five minutes before the end.

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"[We made] very good subs, they made the difference today," Dalot said after full-time. 

"I think what we want to build long term is a squad.

"We are not [just] 11 players, we have a lot more quality on the bench and this shows to the manager that they want to play as well which I think is perfect for us.

"We want more of this, it will give us more as a team and for the future I think it will benefit us." 


Speaking in Cyprus shortly after the final whistle, Dalot acknowledged the challenge that he and his United team-mates faced on the evening from Omonia, strengthened further by a lively atmosphere from the home fans at the GSP Stadium.

"We knew we came to a tough place to play.

"I think we started well, the first 35 minutes [was] really good. After we conceded a goal, I think we could take a little bit more control.

"We conceded some counter-attacks and especially some corners that we should avoid. But I think at the end, [it was a] good reaction in the second half.

"We came with intensity, we tried to play as well and in the end, [we got] the three points, that's what we came here [for] and we go [home] happy." 

The Reds will train in Cyprus on Friday before heading back to Manchester ahead of this weekend's Premier League game away to Everton.