Matteo Darmian: Why the United defender should consider an exit in January

Manchester United defender Matteo Darmian is increasingly contemplating about a move away from the club, with lucrative offers signaling at a possible move back to Serie A.

Darmian- who joined United from Italian side Torino in 2015- enjoyed his maiden season at Old Trafford, making 39 appearances in all competitions.

However, his form began to decline as the season progressed, with cracks initially exposed under Louis van Gaal turning into eventual fissures by the end of the season.


Van Gaal and Mourinho on the same page

Although van Gaal and Jose Mourinho have little in common in terms of tactical approach, the latter has decided to stick with Antonio Valencia as right-back, instead of the naturally designated fullback that is Darmian.

Fausto Pari, agent to the Italian international, recently revealed displeasure of his client’s prevailing situation at Manchester United, insisting it could precariously cost him his place in the national team.


The rise of Fosu-Mensah

Darmian may have played second fiddle to Valencia who is much faster and has a more commanding physical presence, but his chances have been further dampened by the rise of Academy graduate Timothy Fosu-Mensah.

The 18-year old- handed his Premier League debut last season against Arsenal alongside Marcus Rashford- has made just 12 appearances since: with the gaffer seemingly convinced of his potential.


Surplus to requirements

Fosu-Mensah most recently signed a new deal that will see him stay at Old Trafford until 2020, which goes to show how big a surplus Darmian is considered.

Napoli are reportedly in pole position to sign the right-back who is still under contract with Manchester United until 2019.


Written by Brian Humphrey

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