Manchester United defender Diogo Dalot says he has ambitions of winning the Europa League this season. United are preparing to play their first group match on Thursday evening when they take on Kazakhstan outfit FC Astana at Old Trafford.
They finished sixth in the Premier League last term, five points away from the top four, so will get another chance of winning the trophy they picked up in 2017 when they beat Ajax in the final.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team have had a respectable start to the new season, picking up eight points from five games as they sit fourth in the table.
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They overcame Leicester City on Saturday – one of the teams expected to challenge United in and around the top six – thanks to an early Marcus Rashford penalty.
United, and other English teams, have had a tendency to rotate players for Europa League games and field youngsters in the competition.
Dalot admits that is a likely tactic again this season but says anyone that goes on to the pitch is doing so to try and win. “It’s a big competition, but not as big for this club,” Dalot told the United App. “This club needs to be in the Champions League every day, every year, winning the Champions League and in Portugal it’s a little but different.
“Of course it’s a big competition that if any team wins it’ll be a great achievement, but for this club when we are in it we just need to win it.”
Dalot will be hoping to figure as he has not played any minutes so far this season due to injury.
The big-money signing of Aaron Wan Bissaka has also pushed him down the pecking order, while Ashley Young is also in the mix to play at right-back.
Dalot made 23 appearances in all competitions last term after being signed from Porto by former boss Jose Mourinho.Copyright © 2020 Completesports.com All rights reserved. The information contained in Completesports.com may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without the prior written authority of Completesports.com.