Diogo Dalot has reacted to Manchester United’s draw with Tottenham Hotspur and vowed that the squad is ready to take on Aston Villa.
The Red Devils took an early two-goal lead against Spurs last night before sustained pressure and ongoing flurries of attacks saw the tie draw level at 2-2 by the full-time whistle.
Whilst a loss would’ve been significantly worse, it does still feel like an opportunity to strengthen United’s grip on the top four was squandered.
Dalot had his say on the result when speaking to MUTV and said: “It’s very disappointing to look back on what we did in the first half and not get out of there with three points. We have to focus on ourselves and if we could have controlled [the second half] like we controlled the first half, the game could have become easier for us. We should have done much better. These are the types of mistakes we cannot make, especially having two goals [ahead].
“We have to control the game, we have to kill the game. We have to score the third goal and then I think the game will become more easy for us. I think we lost that composure to find spaces, to keep the ball, to go through their press. We have to look back on this 45 minutes and learn from it.”
Next up for United
The Reds can, of course, make things right this weekend when facing Unai Emery’s scintillating Villa side, who boast a 10-game unbeaten streak heading into the clash at Old Trafford.
A result against the Villans would not only make a real statement regarding United’s ability to show up against in-form teams but would also certainly cement the club’s spot in the Champions League places.
The Midlands side currently sit sixth-placed and are eyeing European football of their own, whatever competition that may be in.
United’s No.20 went on to preview the clash in his post-match interview, adding: “We’re going to be [ready], for sure. We have professional players and all the conditions to recover. This is the type of schedule we’re going to face if we want to be fighting for every competition so we have to manage that. We have a big squad ready to play the games. You have to be fit and then the manager will decide who is going to play.”
Kick-off is at 2pm.