Diogo Dalot says it has been 'fantastic' working with Ralf Rangnick

Manchester United full-back Diogo Dalot has praised the club’s interim manager Ralf Rangnick amid reports of squad unhappiness.

Following the 1-0 defeat against Wolves at Old Trafford on Monday night, which was the German’s first defeat as United boss, several reports of squad unrest have come to the surface.

The Times report that the 63-year-old has turned to Mike Phelan to help to unite the Manchester United dressing room.

Luke Shaw felt United were not ‘together’ in the defeat against Bruno Lage’ side and the Mail claims that there are as many as 17 first-team players ‘unhappy’ in a divided squad, which is seeing an increase in cliques forming.

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However, United’s number 20 has come to the defence of Rangnick and has praised the German’s ‘superb communication skills’.

The Portuguese international hadn’t started a Premier League game under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer during the campaign, but the arrival of Rangnick saw the attack-minded Dalot initially favoured over Aaron Wan-Bissaka.

He started all three of Rangnick’s oepning trio of Premier League matches before coming off the bench against Burnley, and being an unused substitute in the defeat to Wolves.

In an interview ahead of Monday’s FA Cup third round clash against Aston Villa, the 22-year-old said it’s been a ‘joy’ to have the ‘opportunity’ to play more, following the appointment of Rangnick.

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Speaking to the club’s official website, Dalot said: “It’s been a joy to have the opportunity to play more, to help the team more and give my football to the team, which is why I’m here.”

Although United are yet to see Rangnick’s famed ‘gegenpressing’ philosophy come to fruition, barring an impressive period of play against Crystal Palace, in the German’s first game in charge, Dalot has praised his ability to ‘communicate’.

Dalot added: “Every time you change managers, it’s a new opportunity and a new experience. He’s a very experienced coach with a lot of years in football.

“His philosophy is very good in terms of the way that he communicates with everyone and the way he expresses his thoughts to us.”

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The man who was on loan at AC Milan last season acknowledges that performances haven’t been good enough, but is hopeful that as the relationship between the players and Rangnick builds, the positive results will follow.

Dalot continued: “It’s been fantastic to get to know him and, hopefully, we can build the relationship between the players and the manager even more and bring that to the pitch so we can win more games and perform a lot better.”

After not starting the last two matches, Dalot will be targeting a recall in Monday’s clash against Villa where he can once again showcase the qualities he brings to this United side.

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Dalot has also given an insight into the job Rangnick asks him to carry out in matches.

Dalot concluded: “I think the manager wants to get the best out of each player and, for me, it’s about bringing my best qualities into every game.

“Drive forward, have the ball and try to serve the forward players, and, of course, defend well. Keep solid at the back and be physical and be aggressive – that’s my job as a full-back.”

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