Matteo Darmian speaks out about his future at Manchester United

by Leo Nieboer

Matteo Darmian has spoken out about his future at Manchester United, refusing to rule out the prospect of a move back to Italy one day.

The Italian full-back, who joined the club in 2015, enjoyed a strong end to the 2016/17 campaign at left-back that reached its apogee with an excellent performance in the Europa League final.

But he has struggled for minutes so far this season, making three starts in total with Jose Mourinho largely opting to use Ashley Young or Daley Blind instead.

And Darmian, speaking ahead of Italy’s World Cup qualifier with Macedonia, noted that there was a chance of a return to Serie A at some point in his career.

“I made a choice (to come to Manchester United) and I don’t regret it,” he said. “Of course it’s normal that any player wants to play as much as possible. I work hard every week and I’ll keep doing it.

“I don’t always watch Italian football and I don’t know what will happen in future, maybe there will be a chance to come back one day.”

Darmian’s last start came against Stoke City and the performance that followed was hardly convincing. It was, in fact, the only time Man United have been properly stretched this season, with Mame Biram Diouf and Jean-Eric Choupo-Moting exploiting his lack of speed down the left hand side, leading to the latter’s opening goal.

And Young, as things stand, is providing a favourable alternative, combining diligence at the back with his notorious crossing ability that has created three goals so far.

The 27-year-old has his work cut out. Daley Blind and Luke Shaw are both fighting for that spot as well and Darmian, when handed the chance, will need to stand out.

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