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Matteo Darmian joined Manchester United from Torino during Louis van Gaal’s reign as manager.

The Italian full-back is currently enjoying something of a revelation under Jose Mourinho, having improved his performances and gained Jose’s trust to play him on either side and take advantage of his versatility.

 

Current role

Darmian currently operates as a back-up option for Antonio Valencia at right-back and for Daley Blind and Luke Shaw at left-back.

Most notably playing on the left in the Europa League final win over Ajax, where Darmian in particular put in a fine performance, one worthy of a first teamer at Old Trafford.

Of course that has to be reproduced week in, week out for it to be so, but there’s no reason why Darmian cannot latch onto his place in Jose’s starting 11.

 

Outgoing/incomings that could affect Darmian

Manchester United have recently been heavily linked with out-of-favour PSG right-back Serge Aurier.

Aurier, 24, at the time of writing is awaiting the result of a trial that would allow him to enter the United Kingdom, as he is not currently permitted.

Reports suggest both he and United are confident of a successful ruling and that he could indeed be on his way to the Theatre of Dreams. This could affect one of Darmian’s duties as back-up right-back to Valencia, though there has been suggestions that should Aurier sign, Valencia will play further forward.

Timothy Fosu-Mensah is leaving United on loan for Crystal Palace which removes some competition for Darmian though could mean the Red Devils are indeed signing Aurier.

Finally, Ivan Perisic. The deals on, the deals off, the deals back on again. Who knows where it is now? But if push comes to shove United may use Darmian in the deal to help lower the fee as they are unwilling to match Inter’s valuation of the Croatian wide midfielder.

 

Why not?

We must not sell Matteo Darmian.

It is very simple for me, surprisingly he is one of the most important players in the team for United right now, not based on the performance levels but on need.

With Shaw injured, Blind looking poor in pre-season and not really having the ideal qualities of a full-back/defender in the Premier League and Valencia has been unable to play every game last season, which if repeated (and we don’t sign Aurier) could be worrying.

Darmian has really improved under Mourinho and I’d like to see him get a decent run in the first team for a few weeks this season, give him the opportunity to prove himself.

 

Written by Jordan Hackett

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