Jose Mourinho has expressed his happiness that Matteo Darmian will be staying at Manchester United until at least January after the full-back failed to complete a move away from the club this summer.
Darmian openly expressed his desire to leave Man United on a number of occasions throughout the transfer window with the main interest coming from his homeland Italy, however, nothing materialised and he’s here to stay.
Many supporters don’t believe the 28-year-old is good enough for United and wanted him to depart ahead of the 2018-19 campaign, but judging by Mourinho’s latest comments he’s undoubtedly got a part to play.
In his press conference ahead of Sunday’s trip to Brighton & Hove Albion, Mourinho explained: “For me, it’s good news that Matteo is staying. He’s always an option for us, he’s always a reliable player.
“We know that his performance level is one where we know that he always does a job for the team – right-back, left-back, starting, on the bench – he always does it.
“He’s a fantastic professional. He’s a guy that is loved in the group by his human nature too, so for me, in the end, it’s good news if Matteo is not leaving.”
Darmian covered for sidelined captain Antonio Valencia in the Premier League opening day win over Leicester City at Old Trafford and could start again against Brighton on Sunday, but Ashley Young may come in and take his place.
Regardless of his failed departure this summer, it remains likely he’ll part ways either in January or next summer but until then he’ll continue to play a part.