The right-back has impressed for Torino and Italy in recent years and he should represent an upgrade on Antonio Valencia.
“I always want a player who can defend in the first place,” he said.
“Matteo has very good orientation. He’s also fast, he’s a reasonable header of the ball – that’s also a plus. And he can build up play.”
Valencia put in a number of sub-par performances last term so Darmian has been welcomed with open arms by United supporters.
However, his arrival all but confirms that Rafael will exit the club. The Brazilian is a fans’ favourite at United due to his full blooded performances but unfortunately he has failed to win over van Gaal.