Darmian has been largely peripheral to proceedings during the early stages of the Mourinho era, with various reports suggesting that relations between the Italian and the manager had broken down.
According to Calcio Mercato, Valencia’s upcoming six-week absence has led to Mourinho blocking Darmian’s January move to Inter Milan.
Darmian has gone from ghost-like figure at Old Trafford to fundamental component of Mourinho’s starting XI in the space of a week. The void left by the unfailingly solid Valencia must now be filled by the confidence-sapped Italian, who, prior to being thrown into fold against Burnley, was probably thinking more about a potential move away from Manchester in January.
His first test – against Sean Dyche’s side – was a modest one, but the early signs were wholly positive: he was composed on the ball, constructive going forward and remarkably solid at the back.
United’s next Premier League encounter, however, will serve as a sterner test for the Italian, who notably struggled during his last visit to the Liberty Stadium.