Dalot: It's a lesson for everyone

Sunday 24 April 2022 07:00

Manchester United defender Diogo Dalot believes both he and his fellow team-mates have to show more maturity in order to achieve on-field success as a group.

The Reds succumbed to a difficult 3-1 defeat in north London on Saturday afternoon, with Ralf Rangnick’s side remaining sixth in the Premier League table. 

With just four games remaining now until the end of the current campaign, the Portugal international spoke to MUTV, insisting the Reds must show more maturity. 

"I think it’s a lesson to be honest, some people might say bad luck and some people might say we’re not playing well, I completely understand the frustration of the fans who travelled so far to watch the game," began Dalot, as he spoke to MUTV. 
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"It's hard to go in the end and thank them for what they did during the 90 minutes but I think this is a lesson for everyone.

"We need to mature everyone in terms of the team and we need to be more energetic, to want it more than them and dominate, I think that starts from our efforts everyday. 

"It's not just hope on the Saturday afternoon that things come for themselves, you play for Man United but you need to do things right, that’s the standard that I’ve learned since I’ve been here."
Arsenal took the lead in the opening minutes at the Emirates Stadium through full-back Nuno Tavares, before Bukayo Saka doubled the hosts' lead with just over 30 minutes played. 

Cristiano Ronaldo then pulled a goal back for United, before Granit Xhaka’s long range condemned Rangnick’s side to a second away defeat in the last week.

With fellow top-four rivals Chelsea the next test at Old Trafford to come, the 23-year-old believes it would be a tough pill to swallow if the Reds were to not qualify for European competitions next season.
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"It is difficult for us to accept as this club belongs in the Champions League," Dalot began.

"All I want to say is that if it is still mathematically possible then I will believe to the end. Obviously it is going to be really difficult and we need to be realistic, everybody can see that in football things can happen until the end.

"We have to believe at least that we can grab that as a strength and as a motivation for the upcoming games.

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"I don't think it is has to be out biggest focus now, it has to be our habits that we do every single day, the habits to come to training at Carrington with a good energy and with a mentality that we will give everything for this club because at this club we have everything," Dalot added.

"We have to fight for ourselves, for the club, for our families, for the fans that travel every time."