The Italian star looks like being a fan favourite at the club.
Memphis Depay was the least impressive of the lot, struggling to get into the game throughout. Morgan Schneiderlin was solid in midfield whilst Bastian Schweinsteiger looked ropey off the bench.
Sergio Romero stepped in for the absent and head-turned David De Gea. However, it was Italian Matteo Darmian who shined.
The right-back, signed from Torino this summer, was a player United desperately needed.
Rafael has been a struggling player for a couple of seasons now. Antonio Valencia does a job at full-back, but is defensively naïve. Phil Jones and Chris Smalling are the opposite, offering little going forward.
Darmian is the perfect balance of both. He is strong in defence and on the attack and looks like a fantastic signing for the club – it is a wonder why AC Milan ever let him go as a youngster.
With the Italian at right-back United finally look like they might actually have a replacement for Gary Neville in the position.
He struggled with cramp late on, so getting up to Premier League pace is obviously something he will need to do in order to be a star.
Here is how United fans reacted on Twitter to his performance…
Darmian is awesome too. Finally a RB who knows what hes doing.— paul campbell (@paul_MUFC) August 8, 2015
darmian been awesome, i think we have a top player on our hands with him. #MUFC— scottythrill (@scottythrill) August 8, 2015
Darmian Has to be the MOTM. Smalling in a close second. Brilliant defensive Display #mufc— Shreyas Barhaghar (@ScouserCaptain) August 8, 2015
Darmian was man of the match for me today by far. Brilliant debut. Schneiderlin and Memphis looked great too. Tbehbe settled right in. #MUFC— Dilan Erikson (@DilanErikson) August 8, 2015
Darmian did not put one foot wrong. Absolutely brilliant. Impressed that wee bit more with him everytime I see him.— Anna_MUFC (@mufc_anna) August 8, 2015
Darmian put a proper shift in today. I thought he was quality #MUFC— Ben Antrobus (@BenAntrobus) August 8, 2015