After being omitted from Jose Mourinho's squad to face Bournemouth on Sunday, Matteo Darmian may return to Serie A.
The Italian international endured an inconsistent first season at Old Trafford, a succession of injuries restricting him to just 24 league starts after arriving from Torino for a reported £12.7 million.
Darmian was not included in Jose Mourinho’s 18-man squad to face Bournemouth in Manchester United’s Premier League opener on Sunday, increasing speculation that he does not feature in the plans of the former Inter coach.
Furthermore, Darmian’s right-back rivals impressed in his absence.
Antonio Valencia was United’s most dangerous attacking force at the Vitality Stadium, a week after assisting Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s late winner against Leicester in the Community Shield.
18-year-old Timothy Fosu-Mensah also demonstrated his potential in the closing stages of last season under Louis Van Gaal, starting the FA Cup semi-final win over Everton at Wembley.
A natural athlete with power and pace in equal measure, the Netherlands Under-19 international appears to fit Mourinho’s specifications far better than the lightweight Darmian.