Fans’ view: Would you prefer Matteo Darmian or Rafael at Manchester United?

by Ben Topliss

A number of players have gone through the Manchester United rumour mill in recent weeks but it looks increasingly likely that the club will sign Torino right-back Matteo Darmian this week.

Louis van Gaal has been looking for an upgrade on Antonio Valencia this summer and numerous reports have suggested that United are closing in on a €20m deal for the Italian.

Darmian would be a solid addition to the squad but a number of fans have pointed to the fact that United already have a quality right-back in Rafael.

Unfortunately, the popular Brazilian seems to have been frozen out by van Gaal. We asked our Twitter followers if they would prefer Rafael or Darmian:



Rafael has gone through some fantastic periods of form in a United shirt and he has gradually become a fans’ favourite due to his full-blooded performances.

However, this looks to have been his downfall. Van Gaal is a notoriously strict coach who likes players to follow his instructions to the letter and Rafael simply doesn’t fall into that category.

Coupled with his poor injury record, it is easy to see why van Gaal wouldn’t want Rafael. His departure would come as a bitter blow to United fans but perhaps it is for the best.

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