Matteo Darmian returned from the sidelines to help Manchester United in their 3-0 victory over Sunderland at the Stadium of Light on Sunday afternoon.
He showcased that he’s ready to perform whenever Jose Mourinho needs him as injuries have hit the first-team in recent weeks, as the Italian went on to make his first Premier League start in 12 weeks at Sunderland.
It was just his 19th appearance of the season in all competitions and an opportunity he took well in the rare absence of Antonio Valencia, who was left out of the squad against David Moyes’ men due to tiredness.
Speaking about his future at Old Trafford, Darmian insists he’s ready for whenever Mourinho needs him.
“I think I always work hard to be ready for when the manager gives me an opportunity,” he said.
“I think I took it but I have to be focused and I have to work for it. And that’s it.
“When the manager gives me another opportunity, I have to be ready to help the team.
“The most important thing was the victory, though.
“We hope to play as many games as possible because it means we are staying in the competition.
“Of course, I think it will be a busy period but we are ready. We have enough players to cope with it.”
His lack of game time in recent months has fuelled speculation over a Serie A return, but his main focus seems to be on forcing his way back into the team, which will be hard at right-back with Valencia making the role his own.
Darmian has featured at left-back while Luke Shaw was sidelined but with the Englishman bouncing back in recent weeks, it remains to be seen how Darmian will pick up more game time moving forward.