Manchester United's Diogo Dalot

Manchester United’s Diogo Dalot praises ‘demanding’ new boss Erik ten Hag

Diogo Dalot relishes the new dynamic brought by the meticulous Erik ten Hag as the Manchester United players look to improve rather than redeem themselves after a difficult season.

After finishing runners-up in the Premier League and Europa League, the arrivals of Cristiano Ronaldo, Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane last summer fueled optimism around Old Trafford.

But things quickly unraveled with the departure of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and interim successor Ralf Rangnick floundering as United stumbled to sixth place on a Premier League points record.

Manchester United’s Diogo Dalot ‘starts new season from scratch’ with Erik ten Hag

The full-back called his new manager a

The full-back called his new manager ‘demanding’ after their pre-season started

Ten Hag was brought on from Ajax to oversee the rebuild and has quickly made his mark at the side, who are currently in Australia to continue pre-season preparations in Melbourne.

“It’s very good,” the United right-back Dalot told the PA news agency. “I really like the dynamic he shows, not just in training but in general.

‘Very demanding, pays a lot of attention to details, which is good, and to small details that can make a difference in the long run.

“I think we players are adapting to it very well and obviously we want to continue.

Dalot says that

Dalot says ‘players adapt very well’ to ex-Ajax coach’s training methods

“We know it’s going to be a long season, a season unlike almost any season we’ve had in recent years, so we want to build something.”

“We want to build a team with players, with staff, build something very good between us, and then do our job on the pitch and win games.”

Ten Hag largely works with the same group of players who struggled last season, when the performances were as shocking as the results.

Dalot appears to have compartmentalized that disappointment as the focus turns to starting and helping United to a first trophy since 2017.

The Portuguese right-back clinch the ball in United's 4-1 win over Melbourne Victory

The Portuguese right-back clinch the ball in United’s 4-1 win over Melbourne Victory

“It’s a reflection of learning the things we shouldn’t have done and taking them this season as a lesson to improve,” said the Portugal international.

“But obviously we have a lot of new things – we have new staff, new manager, new energy as well, which is good for us, so we want to continue.”

“We want to look at this season not in a way to redeem ourselves from last season, but to start a new season from scratch.

“Then hopefully we can, as I said, get to the end celebrating, which is our main focus for this season, but thinking we have a lot of stages first and we we have a lot of improvement.”

There were early signs of promise in the start of United’s pre-season tour, which began with an eye-catching 4-0 friendly victory over Liverpool in Bangkok.

The 23-year-old played 45 minutes against Liverpool in their 4-0 win over their league rivals

The 23-year-old played 45 minutes against Liverpool in their 4-0 win over their league rivals

Dalot played the first 45 minutes in Thailand and featured in the first half of Tuesday’s 4-1 win over Melbourne Victory at the MCG, where his driving cross ended in Anthony Martial’s score.

“He likes attacking full-backs,” Dalot said of Ten Hag. “He likes proactive full-backs, so we always have to think a bit ahead of what the game demands, not feel like we’re feeling the game when the ball is on the other side.”

“We have to be connected, everyone cooperating with each other, with the winger in front of you, with the couple by your side.

“He always asks for cooperation between us, but a good thing about it is that he always wants us to make sure that we have to know what to do in each position because sometimes we can swap positions inside the pitch and we need us to know how to do this.

Dalot asserts that ten Hag

Dalot says ten Hag ‘always asks for cooperation between us’ when he’s on the pitch

Dalot embraces Ten Hag’s push to make the team better than their opponents “physically” and “in spirit” as he enters his fifth season as a United player.

After enjoying a loan spell at AC Milan last season, the 23-year-old made his most Premier League appearances in a campaign to date and appears to have the edge over his right-back rival Aaron Wan-Bissaka.

“I always like to see season by season,” Dalot added. I don’t think too much about the future.

“But looking back and seeing where I am now at this club, I think it’s been four progressive years, that’s how I like things in general in my life, in football. “

“I don’t want to be too high and low, always gradual – even if it’s one percent – ​​so I think it’s been gradual.

United's next pre-season game will see them face Crystal Palace in Melbourne

United’s next pre-season game will see them face Crystal Palace in Melbourne

“It’s been a very good journey to learn and obviously now I also want to progress a bit more.”

“Every season I always try to improve certain aspects that I think I have to do and I think I have everything this season to improve this new manager with the help of my teammates.

“I also want to help them improve and I hope, as you said, to give trophies to this club.

“That’s what this club is all about and hopefully we can celebrate the end of the season with our fans which they also deserve.”

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