Denis Irwin: Why Matteo Darmian is excellent Man United signing
Former Red Devils full-back Denis Irwin is a big fan of Man United and Italy defender Matteo Darmian
Matteo Darmian is an excellent signing at £12.5m for Manchester United, according to Denis Irwin.
The Italy international has seamlessly slotted in Louis van Gaal’s starting line-up since his move to Old Trafford from Serie A side Torino last month.
To get that quality of footballer – for that money – is excellent
Darmian has already helped the 20-time English champions keep three successive clean sheets in the Premier League against Tottenham Hotspur, Aston Villa and Newcastle United.
Former United defender Irwin, who won seven Premier League titles during his career at Old Trafford, believes Darmian represents good value for money for the Red Devils.
“It’s very hard to go and pick a player these days where you can sign him for a decent fee and there aren’t two or three other top clubs fighting with you,” Irwin is quoted as saying by The Times.
“[Darmian’s age] is a good age to come in. At full-back, you can be in an exposed position and when you’re a young full-back you make mistakes and learn from them.
“To get that quality of footballer – for that money – is excellent.”
Darmian has managed to usurp Ecuador international Antonio Valencia at right-back at the start of the Premier League season.
The Italian defender scored six goals in 152 appearances for Turin side Torino during his fopur-year stay at the Serie A club.
Darmian has made 13 appearances for the Italian national team.