Manchester United right-back Matteo Darmian has admitted that he does not know why he has not been played on a more regular basis by Jose Mourinho.
The Italian who joined United from Torino at the start of last season has found game time limited so far this season under Mourinho but did feature against Swansea City at the liberty stadium last time out.
The 27-year-old still has three more years to run on his current contract at Old Trafford but it is understood that Mourinho would be willing to let the defender in the January transfer window go should any club meet their valuation for the player.
Speaking to Italian publication Rai Sport ( Via Express )Darmian admitted that he was unsure why he hadn’t been picked by Mourinho more regularly and that he will continue to work hard to try and earn himself a regular spot in Mourinho’s starting eleven.
I don’t know why, that’s a difficult question to answer. The coach has to make his decisions and we players have to accept them. I always worked hard and gave my best when called upon and I’ll continue to do that.
“I certainly don’t lack determination and that is fundamental, especially during a period where you don’t play as much. From the first day I have put myself at the disposal of the team and tried to prove myself to the coach.”
Darmian is undoubtedly a talented footballer but he just isn’t what Jose Mourinho is looking for. The Portuguese likes his full-backs not only defend but to bomb forward up the pitch and in when it comes to Darmian he simply does not offer Mourinho any attacking threat going forward.
In the games we have seen Darmian play the Italian just hasn’t shown enough to warrant a regular place in Jose Mourinho’s starting eleven nor has he shown enough to convince the United faithful that he is good enough to play for a club like Manchester United.
Ultimately it just hasn’t worked out for Darmian and in moving away from Old Trafford it would probably be the best outcome for both parties. For Darmian it would be the opportunity to play first team football on a regular basis and for United the chance to cash in on a player they no longer require.