Diogo Dalot delighted with the bench strength as Manchester United come from behind against Omonia Nicosia
Manchester United right-back Diogo Dalot is delighted with the bench strength as the Old Trafford side came from behind to beat Omonia Nicosia. The substitutes played a pivotal role in the Red Devils taking three points from Cyprus.
United faced Omonia in the third game of this season’s group-stage fixtures of the UEFA Europa League. And after a scare in the first half, the Old Trafford side managed to get over the line at the GSP Stadium.
Speaking to MUTV via Manchester Evening News after the 3-2 victory over Omonia, United’s Portuguese right-back raved about the Red Devils’ quality on the bench. The 23-year-old hopes for more of the same in the future.
“We want to build long-term a squad, we’re not 11 players, we had a lot more quality on the bench and this shows to the manager they want to play as well. We want more of this, it will give us more as a team and in the future it will benefit us.”
United dominated most of the proceedings in the first 45. The Red Devils had control of the game. However, we conceded on the counter as Karim Ansarifard scored for the home side in the 34th minute.
The subs made a difference
The Old Trafford side went into the break a goal down. Erik ten Hag decided to bring on Marcus Rashford and Luke Shaw to replace Jadon Sancho and Tyrell Malacia before the start of the second half.
And it paid off as the United academy graduate scored the equaliser in the 53rd minute. Anthony Martial came on for Bruno Fernandes at the hour mark. Minutes later, the French forward gave the Red Devils the lead.
Ten Hag made a total of five changes. Antony was subbed off for Fred and Scott McTominay’s arrival brought an end to Casemiro’s night.
Rashford completed his brace in the 84th minute. And it ended up being an important goal. Omonia midfielder Nikolas Panayiotou scored just 90 seconds later. However, the Red Devils held on to their lead in the dying minutes.
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United have seven more fixtures to think about in September. The mid-season World Cup has congested the fixture schedule. And we will evidently need strength in depth to avoid fatigue.