It’s only been two games but Manchester United fans are already falling head over heels in love with Matteo Darmian.
The Italian right back arrived to Old Trafford this summer from Serie A club Torino for a fee of £12.7 million. Based on his first two performances for the club, that sum is now looking like a real bargain.
The 25 year old was in action for The Red Devils last night at Villa Park and he put in an assured performance throughout the 90 minutes. However, some of his marking techniques during corner kicks are drawing particular attention.
In the first half Darmian was very lucky to escape punishment after grabbing Richards around the neck inside the box. After reviewing replays, it was quite clear that it was a stonewall penalty but somehow the ref missed it.
Standard enough really, but it was in the second half when Darmian’s antics upgraded from fouls to downright cons. Marking Richards at two further corners, the former Torino man repeatedly distracted his opponent by first tricking him into thinking he had something on his face, and then trying to have a handshake and a chat.
Check out the excellent vine of one of the incidents below.