Half-time hairdryer rumours addressed after Man Utd beat Brentford

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Diogo Dalot insists Ralf Rangnick didn't need to give Manchester United the hairdryer treatment to inspire them to beat Brentford.

United survived a torrid first half at the Community Stadium to go on and win 3-1 on Wednesday night thanks to goals from Anthony Elanga, Mason Greenwood and substitute Marcus Rashford after the break.

The triumph eased the pressure on interim boss Rangnick and boosted United's hopes of securing a top four finish.

Reports claim Rangnick ripped into his stars during the break, in scenes reminiscent of when Sir Alex Ferguson used to do the same during his time as United boss.

But Dalot says the dressing room remained calm, because United never lost faith in getting the result they badly needed.

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And the Portuguese international believes United are making solid progress under Rangnick in a bid to salvage something from a difficult season.

Dalot said: "We were calm in the dressing room. We knew that we were not doing enough to win the game, we conceded some chances to the opponent, but we knew what we needed to do.

"In the second-half, we were a bit more aggressive and had a bit more tempo on the counter-attacking. We were a bit more clinical on the last pass and obviously, the goals we scored were fantastic.

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"It's been a joy to work with him (Rangnick) and hopefully we can improve, still improve in the next couple of weeks and build on from there.

"Build the confidence, not just me but everybody, and hopefully we can be a better team and have more and more quality games like this one, especially the second half."

Despite seeing Cristiano Ronaldo throw a selfish and embarrassing strop after being hauled off 20 minutes from time, Dalot insists it remains a privilege to be in the same team as him and fellow Portuguese star Bruno Fernandes.

The defender added: "It's obviously fantastic to be playing with such high-quality players. That's what Manchester United is about: being high-level players with high quality.

"Like I said many times, they are probably two of the best Portuguese players we have now, so to be in the squad with two high-quality players, it's a joy to me.

"I just need to keep learning from them, try to help them and I’m sure they will learn something from me as well. This is how it works. As a Portuguese player, it's a very proud moment for me to play alongside them."

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