A right-back by trade, the Italian international has been transformed into a stand-in left-back by Jose Mourinho this season, and put in a stellar first-half display against Ajax in tonight’s Europa League final.
Despite playing against one of the paciest and most gifted young sides on the continent, Darmian remained composed, calm and strong throughout.
Pretty much ever since he arrived in Manchester, Darmian has been followed by rumours that he might be sold by the Red Devils, but Jose and the club’s hierarchy should take a quick glance at social media before doing anything too rash:
Superb from Darmian. Just willing to throw his body in there. You always win those decisions as a defender and he knew it. #MUFC
— Kris Voakes (@krisvoakes) May 24, 2017
Darmian has been outstanding first half. Best player on the pitch.
— Adam McKee (@NotAdamMcKee) May 24, 2017
Darmian has been solid at the back so far #europaleaguefinal
— Kamely boy (@Kamel_Kid) May 24, 2017
Darmian MOTM performance in a European final. There's something in my eyes
— _ (@Darmianesque) May 24, 2017
Darmian and Pogba FUCKING BRILLIANT
— AV (@WazzaEdition) May 24, 2017
Tell you what I've said shit about Darmian this season but he's proving me wrong tonight.
— KIERAN LEWIS BAYBAY! (@MrKieranLewis) May 24, 2017
Darmian was quality at the start of the season as well.. was average for about 70% in the middle just..
— Ethan (@DepayMode) May 24, 2017
— Umair Ashfaque (@umairash11) May 24, 2017
Really want to talk about how excellent Darmian has been in the first half but I'll rather wait till full time
— Young Daddy Lumba (@1Mr_Ken_) May 24, 2017
Darmian and blind have been gods
— ?todd? (@VivaLaLingard) May 24, 2017
Darmian is very determined.
— Rafa Aditya Ramadhan (@rafaadityaa) May 24, 2017
Darmian has been superb ???
— Usman (@Husmanuel) May 24, 2017
Is Matteo Darmian the least likely hero for a British team in a European final that you can think of?
And will he still even be at Old Trafford next season?