The media suggest Matteo Darmian is set to leave Manchester United in the lurch but its not quite like that


It has been known all summer long that Manchester United defender Matteo Darmian is likely to be sold this summer. Jose Mourinho has spoken about it and Darmian himself has spoken about leaving the Theatre of Dreams. Last season he was used sparingly and at the age of 28, he will want to play regular football, something he will not get at United. It was suggested that Inter Milan had put in a loan request for the player, which is something United may be reluctant to do, seeing nothing in return for the player in effect running his contract down.

Damian travelled on the clubs pre-season tour of the United States of America and has been more involved in the squad since Antonio Valencia injured his calf in the first seven minutes of the 0-0 draw against San Jose Earthquakes on Sunday. The Italian started in the right-back role in the 9-8 victory on penalties against AC Milan, being put into the left-back role late in the game after Luke Shaw was replaced by Tim Fosu-Mensah. The media claim that Darmian wants to leave as soon as possible, even if it means leaving Mourinho in the lurch ahead of the new season.

Everyone should know by now that is Manchester United do something, there is always going to be a negative angle, whether by so-called supporters or by the media. Yet if another club does the same thing, or even something similar, there is a different outcome, especially in the media. We all know that Darmian’s days at United are numbered. That was prevalent last season and even more so earlier in the summer. It was expected that he would have left the club by now but he is still there.

With cover for the right-back role pretty thin right now with Valencia on the sidelines, new summer signing Diogo Dalot kicking a ball for the first time in months, meaning he will probably not be fit to face Leicester City at Old Trafford on the 10 August, the media seem to think that Darmian could be the man to stay at the club until injuries have subsided. Whilst the lack of cover is slim right now, United will have Fosu-Mensah, who played in the right-back position at Crystal Palace in the Premier League for most of last season, it hardly leaves the club in dire straits.

Darmian has spoken about leaving United, stating that he wants to play regularly, which is understandable, also confirming that he has spoken to the manager and the club about his future. Valencia will obviously be the first-choice right-back with Dalot being eased into the role, which is a signing made clearly with the future in mind. There is nothing to suggest that Darmian has stated that he would leave United in the lurch, which is the angle The Mirror seems to have adopted here. The Italian defender said:

“Yes, that’s what I want, but we will see what happens because we don’t know. I want to play more regularly. Last season I didn’t play much – that’s my objective and my ambition. That’s why I spoke with the manager and also with the club about my future. We will see what happens. Honestly, I’m waiting. If I stay, I stay and I do what I did up until now.

“If I go, it’s because the offer that another team makes will be good. To play for probably the best club in the world is a good thing and for me, it’s an honour to play for United. But we have to take decisions in our life and this is my decision. Italy? It could be an option, yes, probably.”

The writer of the article has suggested that Victor Lindelof could fill the void but that he does not return to training in Manchester until Monday, meaning he will have fewer than two weeks to reach match fitness, which seems unlikely. Ashley Young was also mentioned but he will be on holiday for a further week, coming back at the start of the week the Premier League commences, which is even more unlikely that he would be fit to face Leicester. If Darmian has left by this time, I don’t think the problems that his departure would leave would be anything as massive as the media seem to think, in this instance anyway.

Of course, the transfer window for incoming players will close on the 9 August but the transfer window in most other countries around Europe will remain open until the 31 August. United will not be able to bring in any new players from the time that the window closes on the 9 August but departing players will be able to leave until the closure of the FIFA sanctioned transfer window. The Premier League clubs agreed last season that the transfer window, for them, will close before the first match of the season.

I am sure that many so-called supporters of the club will read the report in the newspaper and vent some anger, blame Mourinho for something and probably moan some more. However, those with logic will probably read things with the view of thinking for themselves based on quotes or other information which could be easily found out. Darmian will not be leaving United in the lurch. There is suitable cover in that position, whether it be temporary or for a much longer period.

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