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.
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?
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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.
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.