Indeed, the Italians booked their spot for France '16 with a 3-1 win in Azerbaijan and a superb performance from right-back Darmian aided their triumph.
The 25-year-old netted his first ever international goal during his 15th appearance for Italy, scoring from outside the box with a good strike - although the Azerbaijani goalkeeper was wrongfooted and would likely have saved it if not.
But Manchester United supporters were still delighted with (and for) Darmian, expressing their hope on social media that the defender can find his form and confidence after a good time on international duty.
There was plenty of praise for the Italian after his arrival at Old Trafford - until recently. Against Arsenal, Darmian was completely exposed during a 3-0 loss at the Emirates Stadium.
Manchester United fans reacted to a very different Darmian display on Saturday, though, and here's a selection of what supporters were saying on Twitter...
Darmian scores Italy,LVG must be thinking of using him as a Striker. #mufc— Matteo Darmian (@MoshoodMUFC) October 10, 2015
MUFC (@no12indiecoltss) October 10, 2015