Man Utd fans are praising Ten Hag’s tactical masterstroke with ‘cheat code’ Dalot against Forest… and even Arsenal fans are jealous

ERIK TEN HAG’s use of Diogo Dalot at left-back against Nottingham Forest had Manchester United fans purring.

The Dutchman deployed right-back at the opposite end to accommodate both him and Aaron Wan-Bissaka amid the Red Devils’ defensive injury crisis.

Diogo Dalot was in solid form against Nottingham Forest and bagged United's second


Diogo Dalot was in solid form against Nottingham Forest and bagged United’s secondCredit: AP
United fans purred at his display on the City Ground


United fans purred at his display on the City GroundPhoto credit: AFP
Old Trafford supporters welcomed Erik ten Hag's decision to field Dalot at left-back


Old Trafford supporters welcomed Erik ten Hag’s decision to field Dalot at left-backCredit: AP

The Portuguese showed himself in rare form at the City Ground, where he doubled United’s lead in the second half in a 2-0 win over the relegation contenders.

And United fans were quick to celebrate Ten Hag for his tactical mastery and ‘cheat code’ Dalot.

One wrote: “Dalot LB is a cheat code I’ve seen enough.

“Some of our fans don’t rate him lol, clueless. When [Luke] Shaw comes back, he plays CB to replace [Lisandro] Martinez at Dalot LB.”

A second agreed, saying, “Dalot LB is a cheat code.”

And another said: “Erik Ten Hag got Diago Dalot to play against LB and score a goal. What a manager.”

One remarked: “Ten Hag spoke to him and he delivered.”

Another chimed in: “Dalot plays against LB today and concedes the goal in the 1st division. What is Ten Hag cooking?


One of the Old Trafford supporters said: “Dalot at Lb opens up a whole new dimension.”

Another said: “Dalot at the inverted LB ten-witch finds yet another great solution to a roster staffing issue.”

And Ten Hag’s move impressed even Arsenal fans, who wished Mikel Arteta had thought of a similar defensive reshuffle in the 2-2 draw at West Ham.

One wrote: “Why couldn’t Arteta do this with Tierney via Holding?

“Then take Zinny RB & White CB? Or just kiwis?

“Stubbornness. Arrogance. Therefore.”

United emerged 2-0 winners thanks to goals from Antony and Dalot.

The win saw the Red Devils leapfrog Newcastle to third in the Premier League table and six points clear of fifth-placed Tottenham.

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United will be back in action on Thursday, taking on Sevilla in the second leg of their Europa League quarter-final game at the Ramon Sanchez Pijuan stadium.

And in the second leg after a 2-2 draw at Old Trafford last Tuesday, everything is open.


ClareFora is a Dailynationtoday U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. ClareFora joined Dailynationtoday in 2021 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing:

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