Manchester United fans savage Matteo Darmian on Twitter after Italy embarrassment

Manchester United fans make their way to the stadium prior to  the Premier League match between Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford on October 28, 2017 in Manchester,...

United full-back Matteo Darmian won't get the blame as Italy missed out on a World Cup for the first time since 1958 - but his display versus Sweden wasn't good.

Italy's midfielder Matteo Darmian is helped by Sweden's defender Victor Lindeloef during the FIFA World Cup 2018 qualification football match between Italy and Sweden, on November 13, 2017...

In the battle of the two out-of-favour Manchester United defenders, Victor Lindelof comfortably came out on top against Matteo Darmian on Monday night.

Lindelof was a pillar of solid granite at the back for a Swedish side who kept a clean sheet at the San Siro to qualify for the 2018 World Cup ahead of their Italian opponents. Azzurri defender Matteo Darmian, on the other hand, was as guilty as any of his countrymen for not turning up on the night.

The versatile defender lined up on the left of Gian Piero Ventura’s 3-5-2 system and delivered a lesson in how not to fulfil a modern wing-back role.

Matteo Darmian of Italy in action during the FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier Play-Off: Second Leg between Italy and Sweden at San Siro Stadium on November 13, 2017 in Milan,

Darmian was hugely disappointing in the final third, attempting an endless amount of heart-hearted and hopeful crosses that were mopped up with ease by a grateful Swedish backline. In total, the former Torino man put the ball in the visitor’s box on five occasions but only found a man in blue once.

When you consider some of the top class full-backs Italy have boasted over the years, Darmian’s selection in both legs despite his lack of game time at Man United rather sums up the talent drain engulfing Italian football.

Italy will be absent from a World Cup for the first time in 60 years. But, as one United fan points out, that at least gives the Premier League giants more time to find a buyer for their ill-fitting full-back.

Mohamed Salah of Liverpool and Matteo Darmian of Manchester United battle for possession during the Premier League match between Liverpool and Manchester United at Anfield on October 14,...

Watching Italy vs Sweden and I think it's fair to say that Darmian is the worst player on the pitch. For both sides...

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