Epl news: Diogo Dalot has eased his way into the Manchester United culture thanks to the Old Trafford dressing-room spirit, says Ashley Young.
The 19-year-old defender had some impressive moments in his first two back-to-back Premier League starts for the Reds against Arsenal and Fulham.
After an injury-hit beginning to his United career since arriving last summer from Porto, Dalot has become a favourite with Reds fans. He was Man of the Match in United’s 4-1 home win against Fulham on Saturday.
Young, who wore the captain’s armband again last weekend, has pinpointed the atmosphere in the Reds camp as the reason for Dalot’s impressive form.
“As soon as he came to the club, he was injured so he took a little time to get back and get over that injury but it is an easy place to settle into,” said the left-back.
“The team spirit we’ve got is fantastic. I’ve always said it. I think it’s more the press and journalists who say it’s not right, but it is a fantastic camp, the team bond is brilliant.
“For a young kid to come in and play like he’s been here for years has been fantastic. It’s brilliant for me to watch him. We play with high full-backs and, when you’ve got full-backs who can attack and defend, it’s brilliant. It’s great to see such a young kid get up and down the pitch the way he did.”
Dalot’s careful introduction mirrors that of most of United’s overseas imports as they learn the ropes at the club.
“When you join a club like Manchester United, as soon as you walk through the door, if you don’t know the history, then give it a week and you will know the history,” said Young.
“You get that feel of the club, you know the size of the club. For me, it’s the biggest club in the world. Always has been, always will be. I know the history, the boys in the squad know the history. It’s all about winning trophies, silverware. That’s what the club is all about. You go into the Museum, see what’s been won and want to be a part of that.
“I’ve been part of that and we’ve had successful years in the last couple of years. I’m 33 nearly 34 now that’s not changed for me. I still want trophies, still want to win things and that’s what everyone in the squad wants. Everyone wants to win.
“We’re out there to win games and trophies for this fantastic club, if we can put on performances like that [against Fulham], then I don’t think it is far away,“ he continued.
“We’ve got a lot of games coming up in the Christmas period, it’s the time where you pick up points.”
Young was also asked about his future and stated:
“I feel as fit as when I was 21 years old. As long as my legs can keep taking me up and down the pitch, I’d love to stay here.”