Matteo Darmian has insisted that he is not frustration by his current predicament at Manchester United.
Various reports over the summer suggested that Darmian, forced to play second fiddle to Antonio Valencia, was keen on a move away from Old Trafford, with various Serie A sides expressing their interest in the right back.
The Italian has only made one Premier League start this season but will continue to receive opportunities over the next few weeks in light of Valencia’s arm injury.
Darmian, speaking earlier this week, made it clear that he was not – as some reports have suggested – frustrated by his situation at Old Trafford.
“Sitting on the bench? It is normal that in such a big club you have to fight every day to earn a starting spot,” he said.
“I am not frustrated by the situation.”
We are, as football fans, occasionally guilty of committing the grim fallacy of assuming that a player is unhappy if they aren’t receiving game time. “Player X hasn’t featured in the last four games and now wants to leave,” and so on. Not only is this a disturbingly one-dimensional mindset; it’s also remarkably childish.
Darmian, along with other players consigned to the periphery at their respective football clubs, will know that walking into the first team every week at this level is an unrealistic ambition. They have to work hard, suffer, miss out from time to time, but most importantly remain committed to the cause, irrespective of how many minutes you receive on the pitch, and Darmian appears perfectly wary of this reality.