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Matteo Darmian 2018-19 Performances

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5.3 Average rating
4 Appearances
1 Clean sheet
  1. Dec 5, 2018

    Slaford RED New Member

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    He played well, a much more solid defensive option than Luke Shaw.
    Shouldn't lose his starting place at left back, when Shaw is fit. Oh ! I will rephrase that, when Shaw has recovered from his injury.
  2. Dec 5, 2018

    stevoc Full Member

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    He was alright tonight, didn't make any feck-ups so fair play.

    It's close, Buttner's ability going forward might edge it. But both amongst the worst fullbacks in my time watching United.
  3. Dec 6, 2018

    P-Nut0712 fan of well-known French footballer Fabinho

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    You know what to expect when he plays and he rarely fails to deliver
  4. Dec 6, 2018

    Andersons Dietician Full Member

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    Out of all our fullbacks he probably been the best defender out of the lot and easily the best crosser on the right hand side. Love when he demonstrates his knowledge of the dark arts of defending.
  5. Dec 6, 2018

    Holocene New Member

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    He played well. I really hope he gets a run of games in the starting XI.
  6. Dec 6, 2018

    T_Model101 Full Member

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    I think he deserves to keep his place in the team
  7. Dec 6, 2018

    Golden Nugget Full Member

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    He's not my type of player, but couldn't fault his commitment. Really good defensively, poor in attack. Failed to trap an easy pass - but made up for it right away through some good pressure.
  8. Dec 6, 2018

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    His run across the front of Aubameyang was great. None of our other fullbacks know to do things like that. He doesn't get forward much but i'd rather be defensively solid than charge forward and slow every attack down (Valencia) or fire 20 crosses straight back to the opposition (Young).

    Ideally for the rest of the season it would be Darmian on the right and Shaw on the left, with Dalot getting a few games here and there. Not the best but a lot better than our two converted wingers.
  9. Dec 6, 2018

    Sylar Full Member

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    Hes normally always good when teams come onto us. The issue is when hes part of an attacking outfit to provide width and that. The best ive seen him has been part of a back 3 (think it was Jose first season).
  10. Dec 6, 2018

    Rossa Full Member

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    Yesterday he was not exposed often in one on ones. In the past, he has often struggled against both fast players and strong players who run past him like he was a cone.
  11. Dec 6, 2018

    red4ever 79 Full Member

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    Consummate professional. Wanted to leave in the summer, was denied that opportunity. Has never complained, always made himself available for the match day squads, never faked any injury. When he plays which is usually once every couple of months, he does his best. He is not a top player by any means, but you cannot criticize him at all.
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    Dec 16, 2018 at 18:29

    Irwin99 Full Member

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    Surprised that with all our centre-back woes this season that he's not been used in a back three more often. Did ok, defended well but just offers nothing going forward. In fact I wonder if he even when past the halfway line when he was switched to full back.
  13. Dec 16, 2018 at 19:12

    Leroy The Red Full Member

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    Must be the only footballer in the world who is afraid of his own shadow.
  14. Dec 16, 2018 at 19:14

    Kostov Full Member

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    Don't be ridiculous, we don't do that around here.
  15. Dec 17, 2018 at 10:06

    André Dominguez Full Member

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    Offered nothing as a fullback. Just kept bombing the ball non-stop.
  16. Dec 17, 2018 at 10:12

    stevoc Full Member

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    Did we really even play with a back 3 yesterday?

    It looked like Darmian at RB and Dalot at RW for most of the first half in a 4411/4231.

    Sky Sports seems to agree:

    https://www.skysports.com/football/liverpool-vs-man-utd/teams/390921
  17. Dec 17, 2018 at 10:29

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    Heatmaps suggest a bit of a hybrid. Dalot was further forward than Young on the other side but still behind Lingard who spent a lot of time wide right.
  18. Dec 17, 2018 at 11:14

    Foxbatt Full Member

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    When he plays for Italy he joins the attack a lot more. Must be under instructions. He can cross the ball too and also shoot from long range.
  19. Dec 17, 2018 at 11:55

    stevoc Full Member

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    Fair enough but if you look at most heat maps formations and players positions aren't rigid. If you looked at Mata's heatmaps from RW and central i doubt there would be a great difference.

    I think we went into the game intending to play 352 but it just didn't work and early ingame changes resulted in us basically playing 4231.
  20. Dec 17, 2018 at 11:57

    stevoc Full Member

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    I doubt he's under strict instructions to stay back, he's just less adventurous and Mourinho knows that and accepts it. It's probably why at times he has preferred Darmian for certain games.
  21. Dec 17, 2018 at 12:15

    PlayerOne Part of first caf team to complete Destiny raid

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    He's simply not good enough. Modern fullbacks are crucial to the way teams attack and almost all our fullbacks are limited in that aspect, but Darmian is the worse by quite a bit.
  22. Dec 17, 2018 at 12:17

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    Not really his fault though to be fair. I mean he plays what once in like 2 months I am not saying he is good enough, but you cant knock him. Good professional, never complains, always makes himself available and never complains
  23. Dec 17, 2018 at 12:19

    The Irish Connection Full Member

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    He was solid again yesterday. Also another positive was I thought Bailly and lindelof did ok, hopefully they can keep building on the partnership.
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    PlayerOne Part of first caf team to complete Destiny raid

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    I'm not knocking him really, he shouldn't be here. I would much rather a young player take his role in the squad, at least there might be an upturn there.
  25. Dec 17, 2018 at 12:28

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    He is in Italy with his mind and should have been sold in the summer
  26. Dec 17, 2018 at 12:28

    Wednesday at Stoke Full Member

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    Don't you think its probably tactical? He was playing as close to Bailly as possible without playing center back and Dalot was tracking Robertson. Jose uses him quite often in that role when he needs an additional defender closing down spaces on the wings when there's an attacking fullback at the other end.
  27. Dec 17, 2018 at 13:39

    Sylar Full Member

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    Dont think hes good enough for us overall, but fair play to him, he hasnt sulked and all that. Hes done ok when called upon by Jose.
  28. Dec 17, 2018 at 13:43

    BrianMcClair'sBarnet Full Member

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    Ok-ish performance yesterday.He still shouldn't really be here though.For our sake and his self.
    He could be a consistent first teamer at a Serie A club,a league which will suit him better.
    Abit of a lack of ambition on his part but I guess he's making a good living here.
  29. Dec 17, 2018 at 13:51

    stevoc Full Member

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    Which players don't make themselves available? Seems a strange thing to praise someone for, it's his job.
  30. Dec 17, 2018 at 13:59

    Cee90 Redcafe Fantasy Football Champion 2012/13

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    He’s actually been pretty decent when he’s played this season, fair play to him.