Matteo Darmian left puzzled over his situation under Jose Mourinho at Man United

by Tanveer Arayan


Matteo Darmian insists he’s unaware of why he has not played more minutes for Manchester United this season under Jose Mourinho.

The Italian has started Man United’s last three games against Burnley, Fenerbahce and Swansea due to Antonio Valencia‘s recent injury, but had only managed two Europa League starts before then.

He has been heavily linked with a move away from Old Trafford but repots suggest a transfer could be blocked as Darmian has showcased his importance during Valencia’s absence.

Speaking about his situation, Darmian claims he has always made himself available and will continue to work hard.

“I don’t know why, that’s a difficult question to answer,” Darmian told Rai Sport.

“The coach has to make his decisions and we players have to accept them. I always worked hard and gave my best when called upon and I’ll continue to do that.

“I certainly don’t lack determination and that is fundamental, especially during a period where you don’t play as much.

“From the first day I have put myself at the disposal of the team and tried to prove myself to the coach.”

Valencia could be in action quicker than expected after fracturing his arm as he’s been at United’s Carrington training complex working hard and lifting weights.

While it’s unlikely for him to return against Arsenal, it’s great to hear he’ll be back on the pitch soon.

However, Darmian has proven he deserves game time and if Valencia continues his top form once he returns, it’ll be interesting to see how Mourinho makes the best use of both defenders.

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