Matteo Darmian named in UEFA All Stars XI from Euro 2016 qualifiers

by Sam Peoples

Matteo Darmian has been named by UEFA in an All-Stars European XI for his performances in Italy’s Euro 2016 qualifying campaign.

The right-back played all 180 minutes of Italy’s two games in this international break and has been their first-choice in that position for a long time now.

Darmian might have been horribly exposed by Alexis Sanchez at Arsenal in the 3-0 humiliation but his overall performances have been superb for Manchester United this season, so it’s great to see him getting recognised for that excellent form which he has clearly replicated with Italy.

Back in the 2014 World Cup before he joined Man United, Darmian showed his quality against England and made an impression on Gary Neville that resonated with him right up until he was signed by Louis van Gaal.

It has been a good few years since United have had a consistently dependable right-back but the early impressions of Darmian are that once he really has settled into the club and life in the Premier League, that he’s got all the potential to be a great right-back for us in the long-term.

Reliability and consistency are what top level defenders can bring to a team and on the whole, Darmian’s done precisely that so far. There have been kinks and blips, which is to be expected given he is a new signing, but he’s certainly turning out to be one of the best signings van Gaal has made.

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