'Woeful': Some Manchester United fans call for Darmian exit

Matteo Damian of Manchester United during the International Champions Cup 2018 match between Manchester Untied and Liverpool at Michigan Stadium on July 28, 2018 in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

The 28-year-old defender has had a disappointing pre-season for Manchester United.

Matteo Darmian (36) of Manchester United looks to pass during an International Champions Cup match between Manchester United and Liverpool at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan USA,...

Manchester United's disappointing US pre-season tour continued on Saturday night as they slipped to a 4-1 defeat against rivals Liverpool, with fans left particularly unimpressed with defender Matteo Darmian.

The teams headed into the break on level terms, Andreas Pereira's free-kick having cancelled out Sadio Mane's penalty, but Jose Mourinho's side were outclassed by their opponents in the second half.

Daniel Sturridge put Liverpool ahead before youngster Oluwaseyi Ojo scored from the penalty spot, and new signing Xherdan Shaqiri capped off the performance with an excellent bicycle kick.

Damian, who has been linked with a move to Napoli, looked unable to keep up with the speed of play and defensively could not handle Liverpool's forwards.

Going forward the 28-year-old, who wore the captain's armband, offered very little and was outshone by Dimitri Mitchell on the opposite flank.

The Italian, who arrived at Old Trafford in July 2015 from Torino for £16 million, was a familiar figure under Louis van Gaal but has been more of a bit-part player under Jose Mourinho.

Matteo Darmian #36 of Manchester United gets tripped up by James Milner #7 of Liverpool in the second half during the International Champions Cup 2018 match at Michigan Stadium on July 28,...

With the arrival of Diogo Dalot and the apparent return to fitness of Luke Shaw, Darmian appeared surplus to requirements and Talksport reported he was on his way to Juventus earlier this month.

Following his performance against Liverpool on Saturday night, some United fans made it clear they felt it was time for the 28-year-old to leave the club.

Matteo Damian of Manchester United during the International Champions Cup 2018 match between AC Milan and Manchester United at StubHub Center on July 25, 2018 in Carson, California. 

 

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