Manchester United are ready to fight to maintain their revival under Erik ten Hag, defender Diogo Dalot has warned.
United made it four wins in a row by beating Arsenal 3-1 at Old Trafford on Sunday as Ten Hag’s side continued a remarkable recovery after losing their opening two games.
They also picked up another three yellow cards to hit 20 bookings after six games – the most in the Premier League. At this rate, United could finish with the highest average in the competition’s history.
It is in stark contrast to the lack of fight shown last season under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and interim boss Ralf Rangnick, and in the defeats to Brighton and Brentford at the start of this campaign.
Dalot said: ‘I think it comes for the messages the manager passes to us, but the main point has been from ourselves: to be at this club you have to fight for it. You have to fight for 90 minutes every single game, and this is what we are trying to do. Then I think the quality will come.
‘But the basics, the standards of the club are like this and if we continue to do this for a big period of time, I think we will get success.
‘We knew this was going to be a tough game against Arsenal. It was not by occasion they won the first five games, and we showed we needed to be a team to win against such a good team. We deserved the three points.
‘This is what we have been working for, to be honest. It’s a good moment for us, we want to take this as an opportunity to keep it going, to give motivation to everyone at the club, to the fans as well. But we know this is still a process and we want to keep it going.’
New £85million signing Antony scored on his debut to put United ahead before Marcus Rashford struck twice.
Portugal international Dalot believes the fact that Antony worked under Ten Hag at Ajax has helped him to settle in quickly, and so too is being able to speak the same language as United’s Portuguese and Brazil contingent.
‘Of course, he has the advantage of knowing the way the manager thinks,’ added Dalot. ‘He’s already adapted to his football side and now he’s adapted to his new teammates.
‘I think you could see in the minutes that he played that he showed some character, he showed some desire which I think and I’m sure every fan will love that. And obviously, the quality that he has, the mentality that he has, I think he will improve us.
‘It makes it easier when you speak (the same language) because it comes more naturally. We want to build a relationship between every player on the pitch.
‘We want to keep this co-ordination between players as much as we can, so whoever is on the pitch we have a good relationship and with Antony or another winger, we have a good connection.’