Man United transfers: Three reasons Matteo Darmian would be good signing
Three reasons why Italy international Matteo Darmian would be a good Man United signing
Louis van Gaal likes playing with three centre-halves. It worked extremely well for his Netherlands side at the 2014 World Cup and he was determined to implement the same system at Manchester United last season despite their alarming lack of world-class centre-backs. The most important players in a 3-5-2/3-4-3 system are the wing-backs. Their endless stamina, positional awareness and the ability to attack as well as defend reduces the workload of the central players, allowing priority of possession which results in the domination of games. Last season, Ashley Young and Antonio Valencia were often used in the wing-back roles. These two players are wingers so defending doesn’t necessarily come naturally which could explain why David De Gea was kept so busy. The signing of Matteo Darmian means United have signed a specialist wing-back. He has played there for Italy on many occasions and performed brilliantly to the point of being voted their best player for the year 2014. If Van Gaal can get Luke Shaw fit for an entire season then he could occupy a similar role on the opposite flank and United would be more stable defensively, whilst offering greater protection to the likes of Chris Smalling, Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo, who are all still learning their trade as young players.
Performances against England
Darmian has played against England twice in his career and received the man-of-the-match award on both occasions. His performance in the opening game of the 2014 World Cup and combination with Antonio Candreva caused England serious problems, especially for left-back Leighton Baines who hasn’t been the same player since. He has, therefore, already proved himself against the best the Premier League has to offer and the United players in the England squad will be delighted about his arrival as they are all too aware of his quality.
Chance at a big club
Despite being the captain of their youth team, Darmian was told in no uncertain terms that he was not good enough to play for AC Milan as a youngster and was sold to Palermo for as little as £500,000. He has gone from strength-to-strength ever since that moment, shining for Torino and establishing himself as Italy’s first-choice right back. After experiencing such rejection so early on in his career, he will be desperate to prove that he has what it takes to make it at one of Europe’s biggest clubs and United will reap the rewards.