Man Utd fullback Dalot: Slow start cost us at Aston Villa

Manchester United fullback Diogo Dalot says a poor start cost them defeat at Aston Villa.

United were defeated at Villa Park for the first time since 1999, with Leon Bailey, Lucas Digne and Jacob Ramsey all scoring for the Midlands side, with United’s only goal coming from a Luke Shaw shot taking a massive deflection off Ramsey for an own goal.

Speaking to MUTV after the defeat, Dalot said, “It does not change our mentality or what we have been doing for the last few games.

“It has been really good. This will not erase what we are doing.

“Obviously, it is a step back and we have to look at it as a lesson and try to do it better in the next games and we have another opportunity on Thursday [against Villa again, in the Carabao Cup], and it is a competition we want to get through.”

United looked confident going into the match, having been undefeated in nine games but Villa took advantage early in both halves, and Dalot spoke about what impact that had on the game.

“I’m disappointed,” he said. “We knew that today was going to be a difficult game but we didn’t start the way we wanted, the first 10 minutes and the first five minutes after the second half. I think it was decisive for them. And it is a lesson for us for the next games. We have to start much quicker; much sharper and we are disappointed because we wanted to win.

“That’s why I said we had to start with energy, we knew they wanted to bring the crowd with them. And they did, and I think we let them gain confidence during the first 15 minutes. And then we started to have the ball, we had a bit of control and we created chances. We could have gone into half-time with at least a draw but we should have really started better in the second half, and when we conceded that goal, it was decided.”