Matteo Darmian has expressed his sense of pride at playing for Manchester United as he reflects on his time with the club, calling it “an experience I’d do all over again”.
The 29-year-old was signed from Torino back in 2015 by former United boss Louis van Gaal for a reported £12.75m, however since then has made just 92 appearances for the club, including just 13 since December 2017 and only seven last season.
The Italian defender recently completed a move to Serie A club Parma, and although he suffered a severe lack of game time during his four seasons with United, he spoke glowingly of his time with the club, telling Football Italia: “Signing for Manchester United was easy, it was a source of pride and responsibility to wear such an important shirt. It’s an experience I’d do all over again, on and off the field.”
The full-back had shown an admirable degree of professionalism at Old Trafford, a trait which has been widely recognised and applauded by United fans: “A professional must always accept the coach’s decisions. You have to work hard to be ready. I’m available to the Coach. I give my best in every training session, regardless of what role I play.”
Darmian has been joined in Serie A by Chris Smalling, who recently completed a season-long loan deal to AS Roma. Both defenders will be hoping for more game time with their new clubs and surely deserve as much for how they’ve handled falling out of favour at United.
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