Man United boss reveals backup role for new summer signing

Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has admitted that he sees new signing Matteo Darmian as backup to Antonio Valencia, according to reports from the Express.

The 25-year-old arrived this summer for a fee of £12million in order to fill the club’s limited options at right-back.

However, despite Valencia not being a natural full back, Van Gaal is still keen on using the Ecuador international as his first choice selection.

“Now for every position I have two players,” he said.

“Normally they play in their own position but nevertheless Paddy McNair had to play right full back in the first tour game and that is not his position.

“He can do it but it’s not his position and that is football because Antonio Valencia was injured.

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“We have brought Darmian for the second position behind Valencia and now already because of that injury, McNair has to play there.”

The Italy international featured 46 times in all competitions for former side Torino last season, scoring five goals and providing four assists.

Apart from Darmian, United have also secured deals for Memphis Depay, Morgan Schneiderlin, and Bastian Schweinsteiger this summer.

The Red Devils are still in the market for new reinforcements as they are looking to strengthen their defensive backline.

They are currently heavily linked with Valencia star Nicolas Otamendi as well as Real Madrid’s Sergio Ramos, but are yet to confirm deals for either players.