Following Manchester United’s opening defeat to Brighton, Diogo Dalot has reminded his teammates that they must improve.
Erik ten Hag’s rule didn’t get off to the best start he could have wished for on Sunday, as his new team lost 2-1 to the visiting Seagulls. Pascal Gross scored both goals for Brighton, who looked like a different team than the one that had made solid progress in pre-season.
An own goal by Alex MacAllister provided a glimmer of optimism, but United was unable to produce any more clear chances as Brighton masterfully saw out the game. The schedule doesn’t get any easier, with a trip to Brentford next up before Liverpool travels to Manchester.
Dalot believes the team must examine what went wrong on Sunday and work hard to improve. “I simply attempted to leap at the keeper. We knew he was good coming out of the goal, so I tried to jump as high as I could, then I touched the ball, which I believe touched my shoulder or back “When asked about his role in United’s goal, he told MUTV. “Hopefully, it will go in, but it was insufficient.
“We must focus on the good. We still have a few fantastic plays, especially in the second half, but we need to execute this for 90 minutes rather than 45 minutes and try to do it in the next game.
“Obviously, it’s the first game, but we still have a long season ahead of us. This is a setback. We need to get together; I believe we have an obligation in the upcoming games to analyze what we did and did not do well and strive to improve in the next game.”