Diogo Dalot has urged his team to be more aggressive against Everton this weekend as Manchester United travel to Merseyside in the Premier League.
The right-back was part of the side that were relatively passive in their 1-1 draw against Leicester City last weekend and wants a difference to be shown on Saturday afternoon.
Speaking to MUTV ahead of the fixture, Dalot ensured that the team are still fighting until the end of the season, despite being knocked out of all of the cup competitions.
“We still have a lot to play for this season,” He proclaimed. “We want to be in the Champions League next season, so we need to push. We need to win games and we need to give everything until the end of the season.
“We know that there are not a lot of games left but we need to do our job. Then we’ll see how things go. I’m pretty sure that if we are on the best level that we can be, we are going to be in the Champions League next season.”
While there is a confidence that United can go onto win this game, Dalot knows that Everton will have fire in their belly after losing to Burnley earlier this week.
“To go to Goodison Park, it’s always a tough atmosphere to play, we know that they’re struggling a little bit, but they will have motivation to play against us, so we need to expect everything and be ready for any kind of challenge.
“They are fighting for their lives. We need to be completely sharp, completely focused on what we need to do, and expect them to try everything to get points out of the game.”
Arsenal‘s surprise loss against Crystal Palace means that the Reds are just four points away from the top four. While the London-based club still have a game in hand, if United are able to remain close, the fixture between the two teams towards the end of the month could be an interesting affair.
Dalot believes that this is possible, but says that the team need to improve in both their physicality and their mentality if they are to do so.
“We need to start building again, especially on a physicality level,” he said. “We need to be more aggressive; we need to want [to win] more than the other team.
“[Our] quality will come out for itself but the physical levels, the mental levels have to be more than them so that we can win the game.”