Man Utd defender sends squad depth warning to rivals, Red Devils not ‘just 11 players’

Man Utd defender sends squad depth warning to rivals, Red Devils not ‘just 11 players’

Man Utd defender Diogo Dalot has sent a squad depth warning to the club’s Premier League rivals.

The Portugal international, who scored his first goal in the competition against Nottingham Forest on Sunday, has hailed the efforts of all Man Utd players this season.

Dalot netted in the 76th minute at The City Ground in the 2-0 victory, with Antony scoring the opener just after the half-hour mark.

Dalot praises Man Utd squad depth

Both Dalot and Antony played the entire 90 minutes on Sunday, having not always been chosen from the start by Ten Hag this season.

The rotation comes amid the Red Devils fighting on various fronts, having already lifted the League Cup trophy earlier in the campaign.

They remain in a tight battle for the Champions League places, while the club are still in both the FA Cup and Europa League.

The Man Utd boss turned to the likes of Wout Weghorst and Fred late on in order to help secure all three points against Steve Cooper’s men, with starters Anthony Martial, Harry Maguire and Jadon Sancho getting some much-needed minutes on the pitch.

“It’s always special to score for this club but I’m more happy with the result,” said Dalot, as quoted by the official Man Utd website.

“Inside the dressing room, I think we were calm. We knew through this season that we were not only just eleven players [and] we’ve shown this in the past this season.”

Fernandes hails substitutes

Dalot’s thoughts were backed up by his teammate for both club and country, with Man of the Match Bruno Fernandes hailing the impact of Ten Hag’s substitutes.

The midfielder shone at The City Ground, helping Man Utd climb one place in the Premier League table to third. The Red Devils now have a three point lead over Newcastle, who slipped to a 3-0 defeat to Aston Villa on Saturday.

“I think we are one of the teams where the subs have had more impact in games, if not the most impact, with goals and assists,” said Fernandes. “I think everyone was ready and we dealt really well with the situation.

“The result is the most important thing for me. I want to get points because we want to be in the Champions League next season. I want to get my goals but the team comes always first.”

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Huge period for Man Utd

Man Utd can now relax slightly domestically after another good Premier League weekend for the club, but all attention must now turn to their Europa League quarter-final second leg clash with Sevilla on Thursday.

The Red Devils travel to Spain having drawn the first leg 2-2 at Old Trafford last Thursday.

That match is followed by a different competition as Ten Hag’s men meet Brighton in the FA Cup semi-final on Sunday, in what is both a busy and crucial period for Man Utd.

The tricky fixtures keep coming as the Red Devils have Premier League clashes with Tottenham, Aston Villa and Brighton in quick succession.

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