‘Nowhere near good enough’ – Diogo Dalot slams Man Utd for terrible defending and individual errors after scraping 2-2 draw against Bournemouth

WHAT HAPPENED?

United rode on Bruno Fernandes’ brace to hold Bournemouth to a 2-2 draw at Vitality Stadium in a Premier League clash on Saturday. The club’s defence came under scrutinyafter they conceded twice in the first half and allowed the opposition to take 12 shots on goal.

THE BIGGER PICTURE

After the game, right-back Diogo Dalot admitted to the mistakes committed by the Red Devils’ backline as he advised his colleagues to be more compact and reduce the gap between the midfield and the defence which has been a massive concern for the team this season.

WHAT DIOGO DALOT SAID

Speaking to Sky Sports after the game about conceding too many shots, the Portugal international said: “It’s been one of our concerns, maybe [we need to] try to be more compact as a team – don’t try to make the gap between defenders and midfield too big. Sometimes it is, and they counter on the counter-attack. It’s something we have to improve because it’s been nowhere near good enough for the level of this club.

“We’ve been showing belief through the season, coming back from down moments. Too many this season. We have to control more and have the game under control, we lose it too many times. That’s the aim for the next couple of games.”

When asked about individual committed by the players, Dalot added: “It’s been happening in the last couple of games, we don’t look to who has done it but we know it can happen at this level because they are clinical enough to score if we make mistakes. It’s something we have to look for and try not to do.

“It’s part of life to make mistakes. It’s about reacting well the next game and the next few minutes to try to do better. That’s what we have to overcome. We have to take responsibility but try not to do it for the next games and that’s the challenge.”

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