Matteo Darmian has opened up on his time at Manchester United to reveal that, despite all his struggles during that spell, he would make the move to Old Trafford ‘all over again’.
Then again, I’d call most players that would say otherwise liars…
The Italy international left United this summer after being on the club’s books since the summer of 2015, when he joined from Torino.
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Darmian appeared to have settled quickly but after two or three months and a desperate performance against Arsenal, he was dropped by Louis van Gaal and never fully recovered.
The right-back managed just 10 Premier League starts over the last two seasons, which explains why his status as an international footballer is no longer deemed active. That will only change if he shows his worth again at Parma, but the call must come from former Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini, who is currently in charge of the Italy national team.
He has been questioned on whether he had any regrets regarding his decision to make the move to Manchester, four years ago.
The 29-year-old said he would join the Red Devils ‘all over again’, as per Football-Italia.
“Signing for Manchester United was easy.
“It was a source of pride and responsibility to wear such an important shirt.
“It’s an experience I’d do all over again , on and off the field.”
Darmian continued, opening up about his return to Italy.
“I really wanted to play and the lure of returning to Italy pushed me to leave Manchester.
“A professional must always accept the Coach’s decisions. You have to work hard to be ready.”
Many will credit Darmian on his professionalism and they’re well within their right to, but this is what we should expect of players coming to United.
But part of me questions whether he lacks hunger. He settle for a squad role for long enough, it was time for him to move on, and it definitely damaged his chances of achieving more caps.
Darmian was a starter for Italy when he joined United. Now he’d be lucky to get a call up again…