Dalot: Maybe one day I can score a goal like Andreas!
Diogo Dalot wants to get in on the wonder goal act.
The Portuguese defender spends post-training sessions with Andreas Pereira perfecting the art of finishing.
After the Belgian’s brilliant goal against Southampton, Dalot wants to join his team-mate on the scoresheet.
“It’s true that Andreas practices that shot," Diogo told us. "There are three or four of us who stick around at the end of the training sessions, me included, to practice.
“Who knows, maybe one day I can score a goal like that! Against Southampton it was Andreas and we are glad that he can help the team, and it was a great goal.
“We always try to score goals – it doesn’t matter if it’s a beautiful goal or not, but today we had some quite beautiful goals and that always makes the atmosphere good.
“The most important thing was just the three points and the win.”
Pereira’s second-half curling hit from long range cancelled out another eye-catcher from Southampton’s Jan Valery, who had opened the scoring in the 3-2 thriller.
Despite United then taking the lead through Romelu Lukaku, Saints came back to level via a superb free-kick from James Ward-Prowse before the striker scored an 88th minute winner.
“This is Man United. When you’re 1-0 down we know the crowd always pushes for us and we wanted to win it,” said Dalot.
“I think the badge speaks for itself when we talk about comebacks, desire and attitude, and for us it was just another game that we gave everything in.
“It was like a two-second punch in the stomach when we conceded that second goal, it was a good goal too which David [De Gea] had no chance with. But we knew we had maybe 10 minutes more and, like I said, it’s Man United and we wanted to win it, and Rom got us the other goal.
“It’s always a pleasure to play in this stadium and what a game to win with such a great comeback. It was unbelievable.”
The spirited fightback against Southampton has put United in the mood for the challenge of overturning Paris St Germain’s 2-0 lead in the Champions League last-16 match in France on Wednesday night.
“We have no pressure on us [on Wednesday] because we are 2-0 down but we know in football anything is possible and in this club you know that even more,” Dalot said.
“We feel that if we can score a goal then they will be worried so we will focus on doing that.”
Dalot came on for the injured Alexis Sanchez in the 52nd minute against the Saints but not in his customary full-back role. However, the 19-year-old, who celebrates his 20th birthday in a fortnight, was just happy to be on the pitch.
“I just enjoy playing. It can be on the right wing, left wing, in goal, I just want to play,” he told us.
“Now Ash [Young] is playing more at right-back and the manager knows I am able to play in other positions I need to be ready for whatever he wants from me.”