Playing time matters to every footballer in the world. Be it for whichever club, minutes gained on the pitch are pivotal in defining a professional footballer's career. It may be the catalyst to your selection for the national squad, or the reason for your downfall. No footballer in the world likes to watch the game from the sidelines, but the problem is that the manager can only field 11 players at a time.
Manchester United are a big club. There is a fierce competition for places in the squad, be it the goalkeeper's role or the striker. Jose Mourinho sticks with a few players he knows he can trust every game, and gives squad players a chance only in the cup tournaments.
David De Gea, Eric Bailly, Phil Jones, Nemanja Matic, Paul Pogba, Antonio Valencia, Alexis Sanchez and Romelu Lukaku are on Mourinho's list of trusted lieutenants and almost always start a match when they are fit.
This leaves very few places to fight for, and hence we take a look at 5 players who need to leave Manchester United to salvage their career.
#5 Matteo Darmian
One of former manager Louis Van Gaal's signings, Matteo Darmian was brought to Manchester United on the back of some consistent and impressive performances for Torino in Serie A and the Italian national team. He was expected to be the long term solution for the right-back position in the squad.
Initially flourishing, Darmian showed why he was signed for the club by putting in some impressive performances on the pitch, however, he was never able to consistently perform at the top level required to play for a club like United and has made just 4 appearances in the Premier League this season, falling behind Antonio Valencia in the pecking order.
Still just 28, and a regular starter for Italy, Darmian still has time on his side to carve out a successful playing career. Furthermore, he needs minutes on the pitch to justify his starting spot for the national side.