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Happy to be the first non-grimacing post in this thread.
Really liked him when he arrived, before he got crocked, and hope he has a good season.
That wasn't directed to your post, it was to the picture that Damien used. The game where he got rinsed by Sanchez?
I back him to be our starting LB this season. Hopefully he adds more offensively
Dislocated shoulder v Sunderland in LvG's last season. Just picked it for the face really. He's about to transform into a Werewolf.
Darmian overlapped and attacked well today
A refreshing sea change.
Shaw and Young both out for another couple of months puts to bed any rumours of a summer departure.
He'll start the season as first choice left back I imagine.
Happy Darmian is sticking around. Solid fullback who does a job defensively. Will start the season as left back I agree
Best sideburns EU.
Beard has started to fill out a bit.
Swashbuckling as ever
He should just be clean shaven. Having dirt patches on your face is not good.
If he can stay fit, he could offer some solution to both sides of the sideburns and defense.
Seems a quintessentially Mourinho type player. Could've easily seen him as a regular in the Inter side.
His normal performance. Great defensively and non existent on the attack.
He's our first choice LB at the moment. At least he can defend. Blind neither attack nor defend and Shaw is injured and him returning to form after injury is questionable. He's the only reliable option ATM.
Blind contributes far more in attack than Darmian does. And for my money he at least as good defensively as Darmian at his best.
Yeah, agreed. I thought he was excellent at LB in the first half yesterday. Both in attack and defence. He wasn't getting to the byline but his movement and passing in the opposition half was very good.
Blind only has some good crosses, nothing else really.
Well even if that were true thats more than Darmian has. At least he makes an effort to get up the pitch and try to contribute something to the attack.
Do you not really rate Darmian?
We need a LB that does more than this. Apparently both shouldn't be our first option in this position.
Yes we need a first choice LB who offers more than Blind and much, much more than Darmian. But there are other priority positions that need filled so i could understand Mourinho going into the season with what we currently have and maybe hoping that Shaw can get his shit together.
I expect us to go into the season without a new LB too as we have other urgent priorities and time is running out from us. We really didn't help ourselves in this market.
I think you guys should aim your frustrations over at Luke.
LB is slightly weak now, it's risky going into the season with Blind / Darmian then hoping Shaw ups his game. It wasn't a position I felt comfortable with for most of last season & that's not going to change.
One of the problems last season was being overly reliant on Valencia which basically meant Utd's attack was way too predictable. Pass pass around x40, get to Valencia roll the dice, 33% chance of taking his man on, 66% chance of backwards or sideways - repeat until lose ball x90minutes.
What a cross from this monster
Glad he is still here, Blind is a disaster
If people ignore how bad he was under LvG and just focus on his performances over the last year, he's actually been a very decent player for us. Not amazing of course and not Valencia level going forward, but his attacking game has improved loads the last few months and has had a very good pre season so far. Definitely not the end of the world using him as our starting left wing back.
He had a very good match.
From what we've been told, he came to us as a wingback where he was good. It's why many of us have always been surprised at how poor he is in an attacking sense. This match shows he hasn't completely lost it. Maybe he just doesn't feel comfortable going forward when part of a back four, but when played as an actual wingback he can take up better positions. He still won't be going past people like Valencia can, but if he's smart in his positioning he can find a lot of space.
I think he sometimes puts us under pressure by giving up possession when he plays LWB. Best fouler on the team, rarely gets yellows because he doesn't let the situation get that dire.
Solid and dependable. Which is a rarity with some of our defenders
Solid game today. What I liked most about his performance today was that he used his left foot a lot more which gave us a lot more width. Very good cross for the goal. Was good defensively as he normally is. Limited option but a good one to have. Think he's the best option we have for lb, though I think Lingard would be a better option for the lwb role tbh, despite this being a decent step forward.
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I can't really blame Darmian for these kind of performances. It must be annoying to play LB as a right-footer.
I'd like us to sell him just so there isn't any temptation to pick him again. Such a bland, boring player.
Feel sorry for any winger that has to play with him.
Needs to take more initiative when he's got the ball. No one's even really defending him because he's never going to make a run. He's just looking to make the simple pass to a nearby teammate and sit back, even when we're on the edge of their box.
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