By Andy Hyslop
- Darmian was voted United’s player of the month for August
- Taken after at half-time against Southampton
Since Darmian arrival at Old Trafford in the summer, he has impressed everyone with his solid defensive performances, whilst also offering an attacking threat from right-back.
Despite his solid start to his United career. You always felt there may be a dip in his performance levels at some point this season. Having come to a new country and joined a league he has never played in before, it was difficult to foresee him carrying on his impressive form.
Several outstanding performances saw the Italian being voted as the club’s player of the month for August. This is an impressive feat for someone who has just arrived in the country.
He showed the first signs that he may be hitting a dip in form, against PSV in the Champions League. He would probably admit himself that he was at fault for both of the PSV goals. He allowed Moreno to beat him to the ball for the first goal; then gave the ball away cheaply, allowing PSV counter on United and win the game 2-1.
Louis Van Gaal replaced Darmian with Antonio Valencia at half-time after he struggled in the first-half against the threat of Dusan Tadic. Darmian allowed Tadic too much space down the right-hand side of United’s defence. Van Gaal saw this and decided to replace him with Valencia and believed the change helped United defensively.
Van Gaal on the half-time change:
He gave too much space to Tadic in my opinion, so that’s why I brought on Valencia.
I didn’t see Tadic in the second half, did you? It was a tactical change because Tadic had a lot of space and was very dangerous for us.
I wanted to eliminate that with Valencia and he did that very well I think
With United playing the Ipswich in the League Cup this Wednesday, I imagine that Darmian with get a game off. Giving some much needed rest, mentally as well as physically.