Diogo Dalot is still optimistic about Manchester United’s season

Ross Houston
December 8, 2018

United twice came from behind to claim a 2-2 Premier League draw with Arsenal at Old Trafford thanks to goals from birthday boy Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard.

The result puts United in eighth place in the Premier League but they remain eight points behind the Champions League places.

It also ratcheted up the pressure ahead of struggling Fulham's visit this weekend, a match Dalot, fresh from making his first league start, is determined to win to kick-start their top-four hopes.

"We sleep thinking about getting into the top four and we wake thinking about getting into the top four", Dalot added.

Arsenal have not lost since August, going 20 games unbeaten in all competitions under Emery since suffering defeats in each of his opening two games in charge, against Manchester City and Chelsea. I played [against Arsenal] and scored and now I am raring to go.

Jose Mourinho, who left Paul Pogba and Romelu Lukaku on the bench before bringing them on in the second half, praised the resilience of his side.

"I think he is one of the best coaches ever and for me it is a dream come true to be alongside him and to learn from him".

"I am very happy with the desire", he said.

Arsenal came close to winning the game on several occasions but De Gea made up for his error with some fine saves.

The 30-year-old former German global was then not in included the squad for last weekend's North London Derby win over Spurs with an alleged back spasm.

Meanwhile the Spaniard warned that the diagnosis for Rob Holding's knee injury "is not good". "It was a hard game", Papastathopoulos said.

Emery said: "The 18 can be for Saturday and also we are doing one plan with him, maybe he can play against Qarabag".

"It's a good feeling coming into the dressing room like that", Kolasinac said, as quoted by Sky Sports.

"He had backache and now he is working with the physio and we are looking at when he can play with us", Metro UK quoted Emery as saying on Thursday.

"Every supporter needs to feel that with us, and push like they pushed against Tottenham".

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