But despite widespread reports of an imminent move away from Old Trafford, Darmian recently revealed that he was not frustrated by his situation at Man United, expressing a determination to impress under Mourinho.
However, murmurs surrounding a potential return to Italy for Darmian have refused to die down.
Darmian’s United career has gone down an interesting path: he arrived and immediately impressed, picking up the Man of the Match award on his debut, before going on to cement himself as Louis van Gaal‘s first choice full-back in the next handful of games.
Then game United’s first half battering at Arsenal back in October 2015, a humiliation that perhaps hit Darmian – violently torn apart by Alexis Sanchez on several occasions – the hardest out of anyone.
Since then, the 26-year-old has been an unsettled, somewhat ambiguous figure. I often find myself asking this question: is he fully committed to the club and just struggling to compete with Antonio Valencia, or is his mind set on a move back to more familiar surroundings?