The relationship between Matteo Darmian and Jose Mourinho at Manchester United has completely broken, according to reports.
Darmian is yet to feature under the 53-year-old and has failed to even make the bench in any of Man United’s Premier League games so far this season.
The Italian, who struggled for the majority of last season, was linked with moves away from Old Trafford over the summer after it was made clear that Antonio Valencia was Mourinho’s first choice right-back for this season.
According to the Mirror’s Aaron Flanagan, Darmian’s recent fall in the pecking order, alongside his failure to secure a move away from Manchester this summer, has led to a breakdown in relations between the two.
There is, of course, a difference between a complete breakdown in relations with the manager and simply being sidelined for somebody else. The two are often seen as inextricably linked, which is very often not the case: Valencia, having made such a convincing start, has been simply irreplaceable so far this season, leading to Darmian’s exclusion from the squad. As the volume of games increases over the next month or so, United supporters could see the 26-year-old thrown back into the fold.
That said, persistent rumours surrounding a potential move to Italy for Darmian, coupled with Mourinho’s interest in Brazilian right-back Fabinho, could be evidence that the two have very little interest in working for eachother.
Darmian’s future remains very much in limbo. Could he benefit from the renewed defensive solidity engendered by Mourinho, serving as a fundamental aspect of United’s back-line in the following months? Or could he go the other way, and simply descend into gloomy anonymity in similar fashion to another signing of last season, Bastian Schweinsteiger?