Darmian to play second fiddle to Antonio Valencia – Louis van Gaal

Ritabrata Banerjee / 21 July 2015

Premier League giants Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has revealed his intention behind buying defender Matteo Darmian this season from Italian Serie A side Torino.

United had agreed to pay £12.7 million transfer fee to rope in the talented right-full back from the Serie A side. Manchester United had a vulnerable defense lineup last season irrespective of having a quality attack force. This forced Van Gaal to reinforce his squad this summer. Darmian was a part of that planning.

Matteo Darmian also featured in the starting lineup of Manchester United in the first pre-season game of the club against Mexican Club America. Most of the fans expected that the Italian would fill in the right-back position relieving Antonio Valencia from his makeshift position.

Manchester United had utlised Valencia as a right-back for the entire last season and Paddy McNair replaced him when he was injured during the last few months of the season.

Surprisingly Louis van Gaal has claimed that Valencia will continue as the first choice right-back and he had bought Matteo Darmian as a cover for the Ecuador international.

Guardian quoted the Dutch manager: We have brought Darmian for the second position behind [Antonio] Valencia and now already because of that injury [Paddy] McNair has to play there.

Matteo Darmian is a Champions League medal holder with AC Milan when the Italian giants had won the title last time in 2006-07.


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