Manchester United are willing to let Matteo Darmian move away from Old Trafford in January, with Jose Mourinho earmarking Timothy Fosu-Mensah as the side’s second choice right-back, according to reports.
Darmian, who joined Man United back in July 2015, has only made two appearances under Mourinho this season, and has been subject to interest from various Italian clubs.
Timothy Fosu-Mensah‘s new contract, a four year deal (with the option to extend for another year) signed just a day before United’s game with Fenerbahce, served as further evidence of Mourinho favouring the Dutchman over Darmian.
According to the Times’ Paul Hirst, Mourinho’s preference of Fosu-Mensah means that a January move for the 26-year-old is on the cards.
Darmian, to his credit, took advantage of a rare starting opportunity against Fenerbahce on Thursday night. He was composed on the ball, full of energy, and looking to get forward and supplement attacking movements. A steady performance – one you wouldn’t expect from somebody clearly unhappy with his current predicament at Old Trafford.
But in Fosu-Mensah, Mourinho – and indeed most United fans – see something more exciting, more promising. He plays in a way that completely belies his age: teeming with strength, composure, versatility, and a level of sheer tenacity that the Italian simply cannot match.
And there is, of course, still so much to come from the Dutchman, and United fans will undoubtedly agree with Mourinho’s decision to place emphasis on nurturing this exuberant talent, as opposed to aiding the confidence capped Darmian.