The Italian was arguably Man United’s best player on the day and seemed comfortable despite it being his first competitive appearance in English football.
Darmian started at right-back behind Juan Mata and made a big impact at both ends of the field. The 25-year-old gave United an extra attacking option going forward and managed to hold off a number of Spurs’ attacks.
United fans and pundits were delighted with Darmian’s first Premier League display of the season:
Nervy ending but we were much better in the second half than in the first. Fantastic debut for Darmian.
— Scott (@R_o_M) August 8, 2015
Darmian looks like fantastic business.
— United Religion (@Unitedology) August 8, 2015
Couldn't understand the Valencia for Darmian But hey! I am sitting in my sofa. Van Gaal on the bench. There is a reason for that ?
— Jan Aage Fjortoft (@JanAageFjortoft) August 8, 2015
Darmian MOTM for United, Smalling impressive. Poor performance, Spurs crap too. Romero dodgy kicking but decent save. Dull game. The End.
— Alex Shaw (@AlexShawESPN) August 8, 2015
Darmian was the best player on the pitch today. Special player really, always raved about him. Wanted him at Barça but Vidal more suited.
— Sergi Domínguez (@FutbolSergi) August 8, 2015
Class debut from our new right-back, Darmian. 85% pass accuracy 5 clearances 3 tackles won 1 block 100% Quality. pic.twitter.com/B0Yq8h6NiD
— SirAlexWay (@SirAlexWay) August 8, 2015
Darmian was very good
— Vik (@IconicNumber7) August 8, 2015
Darmian really was the bright spark in an otherwise poor performance from United against Spurs. The former Torino man proved his worth and gave the club’s supporters a lot to look forward to in the season ahead.
Ever since Gary Neville left, United haven’t had a dependable, consistent right-back they can rely on. Rafael was superb for one season but injuries stopped him from maintaining that sort of level but in Darmian we could finally have turned a corner.