Matteo Darmian has insisted that he has no regrets over his Manchester United move despite his reduced playing time this season. The Italy international has struggled to nail down a regular spot since his arrival from Torino in 2015.
The versatile defender has primarily been used in the left-back position for the Red Devils, where he has had to compete with the likes of Ashley Young and Daley Blind this term.
Prior to Italy’s World Cup qualifier against Macedonia, Darmian admitted that he would have liked to play more under Jose Mourinho, but he will keep working harder to make himself a regular.
“I made a choice (to come to Manchester United) and I don’t regret it. Of course it’s normal that any player wants to play as much as possible. I work hard every week and I’ll keep doing it,” he told reporters h/t Goal.
The 27-year-old went on to praise the work of United boss Mourinho, who has brought the winning spirit into the squad – which often looked flat under his predecessor Louis van Gaal.
He added: “He’s [Mourinho] very hungry, he has a huge desire to win trophies and he transmits that hunger and desire to the team. Things are going very well and we hope to continue like this.”
At the start of the season, Darmian was typically in a straight fight with Blind for the left-back spot, but Young has become the regular since September after providing valuable assists in the Champions League and Premier League.