Manchester United completed their second signing of the summer transfer window as they prepare for the 2015/16 season. After finishing fourth in the Premier League last season, United will be looking to confirm their place in the group stages of the Champions League via the play-offs at the start of the season.
Despite an improvement on the previous season, in terms of final league position and performances on the pitch, Louis Van Gaal would have been well aware that he needed to strengthen his squad if United are going to challenge on all fronts this season.
He started that strengthening with the capture of Memphis Depay from PSV Eindhoven before the end of last season. Now he has added to his defensive line with the signing of Italian right-back Matteo Darmian from Torino for a fee believed to be around £13million.
Right-back is a position United desperately needed reinforcements in, after playing Antonio Valencia in the position for much of last season. Valencia did a good job in at right-back but it’s clearly not his best position. I feel by playing Valencia in the position you take away his attacking instincts. Rafael appears to be on his way out of Old Trafford as it is clear that Van Gaal either doesn’t trust or believe that he has the ability to play for Manchester United.
Matteo Darmian Journey To Old Trafford
Matteo Darmian will the fifth Italian to play in the Manchester United first-team, following Carlo Sartori, Massimo Taibi, Guiseppe Rossi and Federico Macheda. Darmian begin his career with AC Milan, he joined the AC Milan youth system in the year 2000.
He made his Serie A debut for AC Milan at the age of 17 on 19 May 2007 in a 3-2 defeat against Udinese, coming on in the game in the 67th minute to replace Guiseppe Favalli.
At the start of the 2009/10 season Matteo moved to Serie B side Padova on a season-long loan. He 20 appearances as Padova finished 19th in Serie B and won a relegation play-off to stay in Serie B.
The next season saw him moving to Serie A Palermo side on a permanent transfer, by the end of the season, he had made 16 appearances for Palermo in Serie A, Coppa Italia and Europa League. At the start of the 2011/12 Darmian moved back to Serie B, this time moving to Torino. He played 33 games in the league as Torino earned promotion to Serie B.
The 2013/14 season saw Darmian playing 37 games in Serie A, as Torino finished 7th in their second season back in Serie A and qualifying for the Europa League. Darmian played 47 games for Torino last season, with 32 appearances in Serie A and 13 appearances in the Europa League.
After an impressive season for Torino in 2013/14, Darmian was included in Italy’s provisional list of 30 players for the 2014 World Cup, despite the fact he was yet to earn a full international cap. He made his international debut in a pre-World cup friendly against Republic Of Ireland. He went on to be named in Italy’s 23 man squad for the World Cup. Darmian had an impressive World Cup for Italy despite them failing to make it out of the group stages.
After four years with Torino and 152 appearances, Darmian makes the move to Manchester with the best wishes of everyone at the Italian club. He is only the second player to move from Torino to Manchester United, the other one was legendary forward Denis Law.