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Diogo Dalot delivers rallying cry to Man Utd fans ahead of FA Cup final

Man Utd fans will be fearing the worst ahead of Saturday's FA Cup final against Man City after how poorly their team has performed this season. The Reds finished the Premier League season in 8th position and they are facing the prospect of losing a cup final to their neighbours, Man City, for the second year in a row.

One of the few Man Utd players who has impressed at times this season is Diogo Dalot and he picked up the club's Players' Player of the Season award on Thursday. Speaking after picking up the award, Dalot spoke about how he and his teammates are going to give everything they have to win the cup for the red half of Manchester on Saturday.

Diogo Dalot on Man Utd fans
Diogo Dalot has been of the most consistent players at Old Trafford this season – Photo by Icon Sport

The Portuguese full-back is still reeling from the recent 4-0 defeat to Crystal Palace but says that the reaction of the Man Utd fans at Selhurst Park that night has inspired the dressing room. Rather than chastise the players, the Man Utd away end gave an emphatic rendition ‘United we Love You' which left the players feeling embarrassed after the final whistle.

Dalot on ‘special' Man Utd fans

Speaking about that moment and how it will inspire the squad for the FA Cup final, Dalot said:

“After that game against Palace, the way the fans were supporting us, it was almost like a feeling that we didn’t deserve that. After you concede four goals against Palace, they were still there, pushing us, after the awful game we had. This is the type of thing that shows why these fans are special.

“They are always expecting something special so we’re going into the game on Saturday to try to give them a special afternoon and realise this special feeling that they always feel is going to happen.”

Whether that moment at Selhurst Park can inspire United to a famous victory on Saturday remains to be seen, but it has at least reminded the Man Utd players of what playing for the club means ahead of a huge day at Wembley.


Andy Delaney

Andy is a freelance sports writer with ten years of experience covering major sporting events across Europe. He has also been a season ticket holder at Old Trafford since 2008 and has visited over 40 football stadiums in the United Kingdom and abroad following the Reds.

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