Matteo Darmian looks ahead to League Cup clash with Burton Albion

by Leo Nieboer

Matteo Darmian has emphasised the difficulty of defending a trophy ahead to Manchester United’s clash with Burton Albion in the League Cup on Wednesday.

Jose Mourinho, with his side struggling in the Premier League, made an important statement in his debut season by beating Southampton in the League Cup final back in February.

They begin their defence of the trophy against Championship side Burton Albion – 11 years on from when the Staffordshire side held Man United to a draw in the FA Cup before losing 5-0 in the replay at Old Trafford.

And Darmian, speaking to Inside Review, noted that United would give everything to claim consecutive League Cup triumphs for the second time in their history.

“I think it’s always difficult to defend a title, but we will try,” he said.

“We want to win every trophy. When we are on the pitch, we try to win every game, and that’s our main mentality.”

The League Cup will not hold the same level of importance to Mourinho as it did last season. Winning the first domestic honour of the year was an important saving grace to help mask over a poor league campaign, but the Portuguese has bigger fish to fry this time around.

Games such as these provide the perfect chance for youngsters and fringe players – Luke Shaw, now back from injury, comes to mind – to assert themselves and nobody would blame the manager for using the League Cup, however long it lasts, as a vehicle to do exactly that.

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