Manchester United bought Matteo Darmian over eighteen months ago now, and although he made a brilliant start to life at Old Trafford, things have been tough this year. The Italian has found starts hard to come by, but when he has played, he’s done pretty well in my opinion.
For the most part, Darmian has been deployed as the left-back despite being right-footed, but in Antonio Valencia’s absence, the 27-year-old was handed the chance to play in a more natural role on the right-hand side this weekend.
Now, he has been speaking to the media about whether he feels he is playing enough. He also had his say on his performance against Sunderland as a whole and he believes he did enough to impress the manager.
“I think I always work hard to be ready for when the manager gives me an opportunity,” he said, as per the Manchester Evening News.
“I think I took it but I have to be focused and I have to work for it. And that’s it.”
“When the manager gives me another opportunity, I have to be ready to help the team. The most important thing was the victory, though.”
To be quite fair, the game as a whole was a pretty straightforward one. I definitely think he looked very solid defensively, but that has always been the case. Question marks have been raised about him when moving forward because he doesn’t offer an awful lot in that regard – and that’s why Antonio Valencia tends to play ahead of him.
He definitely proved his worth to Mourinho in a squad rotational role, because he is more than capable of coming in and putting in a 5 or 6 out of 10 performance when needed. The problem is, will he be happy with such limited playing time?