Over the summer transfer period, there were rumours aplenty about potential incomings. Of course, alongside that, some players will leave to balance the books. One star who became linked with a move away was Italy international, Matteo Darmian.
Obviously, the right-back ended up remaining a Red Devil, but I think it’s fair to say he hasn’t really made an excellent start to the season on a personal level. He’s remained pretty much on the fringes of things for the most part, and a lack of minutes must be concerning, particularly in a World Cup year.
Now the 27-year-old has been speaking to the media about whether he regrets moving to Old Trafford, but he answered calmly and assertively, suggesting that he would make the same choice every single time. On top of that, he also refused to rule out a return back to his homeland of Italy in the future.
“I don’t regret the decision I took,” he told reporters, including ESPN. “I would make the same decision over and over again. Obviously like every footballer I would like to be playing as much as possible, but I am working hard, putting in the effort and trying to make the manager’s decisions difficult, and I’ll continue to do that.”
“I won’t deny that I always watch Italian football and I don’t know what will happen in the future. If there is an opportunity to return, then I’ll make the necessary evaluations.”
It must be tough. Moving to a new country, playing an entirely different brand of football in a system that’s completely fresh to you. Fair play to Darmian, though, he has never moaned and has always kept working hard behind the scenes. More often than not he plays well when called upon, but the former Torino man just hasn’t been able to nail down one position in the side.
He does have the talent, but there are plenty of options for Jose Mourinho at both left-back and right-back, and unfortunately for Darmian, I’d say that Ashley Young and Antonio Valencia are the first-choice starters right now and that doesn’t look like changing anytime soon.