5 players who should leave Manchester United to progress in their careers
Manchester United have divided opinions over the past couple of years. Since Jose Mourinho took over the reigns of the team, the playing XI has undergone many changes and the results, too, have been promising.
The Portuguese manager won the UEFA Europa League in his first-year in-charge and devised a clever way to qualify his team to the UEFA Champions League just at the time when he realized that a top-four finish was out of reach.
His team has been the only competitors that Manchester City has had this season. The red half of Manchester has kept City on their toes throughout, and one must expect the cross-town rivals to run a close battle until the end of the season.
As Mourinho took over the team, he changed the transfer plans too. The former Inter Milan boss has the influence to attract the best players from all over the world to his team. Zlatan Ibrahimovic signed as a free agent as Paul Pogba was brought back for a world record fee.
Romelu Lukaku was brought on board just before this season and almost all the new recruits have gone on to become important members of the starting XI. Mourinho has given his players enough time and matches to adjust themselves to the rigours of the Premier League.
He has shielded his players from any kind of negative influence by the media and has demanded utmost professionalism. He has not feared to sideline players if they show lack of commitment and his man-management has been excellent until now.
However, as every good team does, this team has some unused wheels too. Players who deserve to start every single week and still do not make it into the manager’s plan. Mourinho has every reason to rotate his squad players, but these players have the talent and ability to make it to the first team of any other team:
#5 Matteo Darmian
Matteo Darmian arrived at Manchester United much to the fanfare and excitement of people and critics alike. Darmian backed his initial hype with some good performances early in his first season.
One of his performances even led to Gary Neville saying that Darmian is actually better than the former Manchester United legend. That is some compliment!
However, a couple of injuries and months later, Darmian cut out an inconsistent figure in the field. Ever since Mourinho took charge of the club, he has preferred Antonio Valencia to start as the right-back in the team, over the Italian.
The Ecuadorian has responded well to the manager’s decision, too, and this means that Darmian has been reduced to a squad player at best.
He has been given some rare chances on the field, and so far, has managed to play only 384 minutes of competitive football for Manchester United.
Despite his inconsistent form, Darmian does have the talent to help him get out of difficult situations. He has incredible pace and stamina to run up and down on the flanks. A strong build allows him to win the physical battle on the flanks and this certainly gives the team an advantage over the opposition.
His crossing has been a bit wayward, but that can be improved with regular practice and game-time. In the presence of a fit Valencia, it looks increasingly difficult for Darmian to break into the team. United reportedly rejected an offer from Inter Milan and kept Darmian with them, but time might be running out soon for him.