Man United signing drawing inspiration from Red Devils legends

Summer signing Matteo Darmian admits that he looks to Gary Neville and Patrice Evra as role models at Manchester United

Matteo Darmian admits that Gary Neville and Patrice Evra have been role models for him as he settles into life at Manchester United following his arrival at the club in the summer.

The Italian full-back joined the Premier League outfit from Torino in July and has since been a regular fixture in Louis van Gaal’s first team.

Darmian has made 17 Premier League appearances for the Red Devils since his transfer to England and also featured four times in the Champions League group stage before they were eliminated last month.

The Italy international admits that he looked up to both Neville and Evra for the way they held down a regular starting spot at United for so many seasons.

Speaking to United’s website, Darmian said: “They are two full-backs that have created football history, not only at Manchester United but in the world.

“I’ve seen them both play, they have both been two very important pillars for United. They’ve contributed to the success of the club.

“Patrice played in Italy last season so I had the possibility of more contact with him. I played against him twice in the derbies [against Juventus], and in Italy he is proving to be a champion just like he was at United.

“Obviously, Gary Neville was captain at United and a legend at the club, the victories he had, the trophies he won… his story speaks volumes.”

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Darmian played the full 90 minutes as United beat Liverpool 1-0 at Anfield on Sunday to move up to fifth place in the table.

The Red Devils head into Saturday’s clash with Southampton at Old Trafford two points behind fourth-placed Tottenham.

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