Manchester United defender Diogo Dalot is confident positive results are on the horizon despite losing to Brighton.
All 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 belonged very much to last season.
Pascal Gross scored twice in nine minutes for the Seagulls, who outplayed United with bold, forward-thinking football.
An Alexis Mac Allister own goal after the break involving Dalot got United back into the game but Ten Hag was unable to avoid defeat in his first competitive game in charge.
This is the start of a very big rebuilding effort for the Dutchman but Dalot believes the results will not be long in coming.
“Of course that’s what we’re here for,” he says. “This result will not deviate us from the path we need to take.
“It’s a setback, but in football you don’t have time to think a bit, now we have to analyze and definitely do better.
“There were still some positive things, we had some good games in the second half, we were a bit more organised. We’ll have some time this week to get organized and definitely do better for Brentford.”
United fans suffered more misery, booing their team at break and full-time, and Dalot knows the players need to start delivering.
“It’s not a problem, they’re with us for 90 minutes, I’m sure of that,” he said. “But of course we have to perform and we have to take them with us, we have to make them happy to watch us.
“That’s what we have to do and that’s the goal that we want to win games, control games and want the fans to be with us for 90 minutes.”
While the narrative will revolve around United’s struggles, Brighton were fully worthy for their three points.
Despite losing star players Yves Bissouma and Marc Cucurella this summer, Graham Potter appears to have a team capable of moving on from last season’s ninth place finish.
Defender Adam Webster added: “We finished last season so strongly, we lost a couple of players but the squad and the cohesion we have here is brilliant and just shows our team spirit.
“Everyone fights for everyone, everyone came in and latched on straight away. It’s a great group to be a part of.
“It’s a great start, cliche as it sounds, we just have to take each game as it comes. We want to try to improve every year and if we can do that, it will be great.”
https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/manchester-united-diogo-dalot-erik-ten-hag-pascal-gross-adam-webster-b2140863.html Diogo Dalot is confident Manchester United aren’t far from better results