Manchester United full-back Diogo Dalot has labelled his team mate Fred as the ‘underdog’ in the squad, who gives ‘everything that he has’.

Dalot’s comments come after the Brazilian proved to be the matchwinner in yesterday’s 1-0 win against Crystal Palace, which ensured new interim boss Ralf Rangnick got his Manchester United tenure off to a winning start.

Fred’s stunning curling right-footed effort in the 77th minute saw him come in for high praise from his manager and team mates.

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Speaking via the club’s official website, Dalot believes that players like Fred, who ‘fight’ for the team are exactly what Manchester United are ‘about’.

United’s number 20 said: “He’s the underdog. Everybody can criticise him but he keeps his head clear and goes on the pitch, every game he gives everything that he has, and that’s what this club is about.

“Even if you lose the ball or miss a shot on goal, you’re always going to try the next one and you’re always going to fight for the team and that’s what we want. Players like that is what we want.”

Dalot ready to seize chances

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After Aaron Wan-Bissaka was ruled out against Arsenal with a hand injury, Dalot was rewarded for his strong performance against the Gunners, with back-to-back Premier League starts, after being named in the starting line-up, against the Eagles.

It was another positive display from the Portuguese international, who was constantly galloping forward and contributing to United’s attack.

But he was also defensively astute and relished the battle against former Red Wilfried Zaha.

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With games coming thick and fast, the 22-year-old is relishing the prospect of further game time and is ready to grasp his chance when opportunities are presented.

Dalot said: “It’s not easy when you’re outside [the starting XI] and you don’t play as much, but it’s our job to keep ready and I think I was doing a fantastic job outside the pitch being ready.

“When the opportunity comes, I now feel I need to keep going and give everything when I’m on the pitch too.”

With Wan-Bissaka back on the bench against his former club, Dalot will be hoping to retain his place in the starting eleven for our next Premier League clash, which sees us travel to Norwich City, on Saturday.

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