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“Worst one…” Man United star torn to shreds vs Bournemouth, pundit in disbelief



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Credit: BBC / Match of the Day

Manchester United’s Diogo Dalot has been ripped to pieces for his performance against Bournemouth by ex-Manchester City centre-back Micah Richards.

Diogo Dalot has been Manchester United‘s most consistent player this season, being one of the few who have managed to avoid the injury crisis that has befallen Erik ten Hag‘s squad this campaign.

However, during the club’s 2-2 draw against Bournemouth on Saturday evening, Dalot did not have one of his finer defensive performances, with both of the Cherries’ goals coming from his right-hand flank.

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Ten Hag’s men gave up another 20 shots in the contest, and ex-Premier League defender Micah Richards felt United’s right flank of Dalot and Alejandro Garnacho was a big problem during the game.

“It was Man United’s right-hand side. I was a bit disillusioned with what was going on,” Richards said on Match of the Day in disbelief when talking about where United’s defensive issues came from.

In analysing the build-up to Bournemouth’s opening goal, Richards explains that prior to the strike, Dalot’s movements did little to affect the opposition.

“So Dalot goes inside—we know full-backs do that; we showed that [earlier] with Spurs—and the reason why he’s doing that is so Garnacho can be free.

“But he goes into one position, then he goes into another position, but he doesn’t affect Bournemouth in any way.

“Bruno Fernandes is telling him to go back in his position, the centre-halves are not going wide [to cover].

“They win the first ball but lose the second ball, and now a young player – Wily Kambwala – has been exposed to Solanke. Yes, Solanke does ever so well, but where is the protection?”

After showing a host of chances Bournemouth created in the opening 45 minutes, Richards continued, “They just got it wrong today.

“Dalot has actually been really good this season, but he’s running down blind alleys.

“And then Kambwala doesn’t get tight and now look how easy it is to go back to front [for Bournemouth]. It is too easy. Too easy to go through the midfield. It could have been four or five in that first half.”

As the programme then moved on to the second goal, Richards added: “But this is the worst one. Kluivert gets in space, Kambwala is pointing to Dalot, Dalot puts up his arms, Garnacho is not blocking the pass into Kluivert and then he goes and scores.

“So when you’re looking at Man United, there’s no organisation, no-one is speaking. And just look at this: 574 shots faced this season.”