Dalot reveals Ralf's half-time message
Diogo Dalot says Manchester United’s dressing room at half-time of Wednesday night’s win against Brentford was calm despite the Reds coming under pressure in the first period.
The Portuguese full-back explained that the United players knew exactly what they needed to change to make the second half better.
That was proved clearly with a much-improved display after the restart. Anthony Elanga put United ahead and another followed within seven minutes, Mason Greenwood tapping home a pass from Bruno Fernandes.
Marcus Rashford sealed the win with a 77th-minute strike after coming off the bench and Dalot says the change was down to one thing: aggression.
“We were calm in the dressing room,” Dalot said.
“We knew that we were not doing enough to win the game, we conceded some chances to the opponent, but we knew what we needed to do.
“We had a game plan that we needed to stick to, be a little bit more aggressive to get to second balls, a bit more intensity on the counterattack, clinical in the last third and serve the players up front to score goals and that’s what we did.
“I think we did a very good second 45 minutes and in the end, it made for a good performance.”
United’s goals came from winning the ball high up the pitch and breaking forward quickly before Brentford could reset their team shape.
“That’s one of our strengths, we need to keep doing this,” Dalot said of counterattacking to MUTV.
“The space is there, the quality of the players are there. Sometimes it’s just the serving that’s not quite there, so we need to improve on that, we need to improve on a lot of things as well, but we’re going to do that. We’re going to get there.”
United have the perfect chance to continue building momentum under Ralf Rangnick with another game coming up on Saturday. West Ham United will be the visitors at Old Trafford for a Saturday 15:00 GMT kick-off.