Matteo Darmian insists he could play at centre-back for Manchester United

by Sam Peoples

Manchester United defender Matteo Darmian insists he is more than comfortable being deployed at centre-back if Louis van Gaal wanted to use him in that role.

The Italian has played in both full-back positions for Man United but has been unable to break into the team recently, after a good start to life in the Premier League. Darmian was one of United’s best players for the first month of the season but has been targeted since. The likes of Dusan Tadic and Alexis Sanchez have tormented the right-back and he has since been unable to regain his place in the side.

The 25-year-old is struggling after a stellar start but could now see his involvement increase given the injury to Antonio Valencia. Darmian proved his versatility following Luke Shaw‘s horrific injury earlier in the campaign by filling in at left-back and he now feels he can also do a job in the middle of the defence.

He said: “Well, I was mainly a centre-back at Milan but, when I got into the first team, they moved me to the flank. I always played right-back after then until just the last two seasons at Torino when, out of necessity, I played on the left. So I can play both full-back positions when it is needed, as well as in the middle.”

Darmian’s ability to play anywhere across the back four can make him a hugely valuable asset to United over the coming seasons. With Valencia and Shaw both expected to miss large parts of the season through their respective injuries, the former Torino man could be key to ensuring the Reds have a settled back four for the remainder of the season.

Even though he may not be needed at centre-back it is always good for a manager to have options and that is certainly something Darmian provides. Louis van Gaal will now be banking on his full-back to turn around his form and get a good run of games in the side, much like the start of the season.

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