Diogo Dalot insists there are ‘positives’ Man United can take despite shock home defeat by Brighton – as defender vows they’ll ‘definitely do better’ at Brentford on Sunday and will provide fans with some ‘joy of watching us’
- Diogo Dalot has said that Manchester United will rebound from loss to Brighton
- The 23-year-old believes there are ‘positives’ to take from the 2-1 loss
- Result marks just the sixth time United have lost their Premier League opener
- United will look to bounce back when they travel to Brentford on Saturday
Manchester United defender Diogo Dalot is confident positive results are just around the corner despite the defeat to Brighton.
All the optimism for the start of a new era under Erik ten Hag and a positive pre-season were wiped out in a desperate first 45 minutes at Old Trafford that very much belonged to last season.
Pascal Gross scored twice in nine minutes for the Seagulls, who outplayed United with brave, forward-thinking football.
An Alexis Mac Allister own goal after the break, which Dalot played a part in, got United back in it, but Ten Hag was unable to avoid defeat in his first competitive game in charge.
Manchester United opened their Premier League campaign with a 2-1 loss to Brighton
United fought back via an Alexis Mac Allister own goal but were unable to rescue a point
This is the start of a very big rebuilding job for the Dutchman, but Dalot believes results will not take long to come.
‘Obviously, that is what we are here for,’ he said. ‘This result is not going to take our heads off the path we need to do.
‘It is a setback but in football you don’t have time to think a little bit, now we have to analyse and definitely do better.
‘There were still some positives, the second half we had some good plays, we were a little bit more organised. We are going to have some time this week to organise and definitely do better for Brentford.’
Despite the defeat, Diogo Dalot believes there are ‘positives’ to take from Sunday’s game
United fans suffered more misery and they booed their team off at the interval and full-time and Dalot knows the players have to start delivering.
‘It is not an issue, they are with us 90 minutes, I am sure,’ he said.
‘But obviously we need to perform and we need to push them with us as well, we need to give them joy of watching us.
‘That is what we need to do and that is the aim that we want to win games, control games and have the fans with us for 90 minutes.’
While the narrative will be about United’s struggles, Brighton were full value for their three points.
Despite losing star players Yves Bissouma and Marc Cucurella this summer, Graham Potter looks to have a team capable of pushing on from their ninth-placed finish of last term.
Brighton defender Adam Webster described the Albion squad as ‘a great group to be a part of’
Defender Adam Webster added: ‘We finished last season so strongly, we lost a couple of players but the squad and the togetherness we have got here is brilliant and just shows the team spirit we have.
‘Everyone is fighting for each other, everyone has come in and slotted straight away. It is a great group to be a part of.
‘It is a great start, as cliched as it sounds we have just got to take each game as it comes. We want to try and improve every year and if we can do that it will be great.’