Manchester United’s winning start to the Premier League season came to an end when they were held to a 2-2 draw by Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium on Saturday, and Red Devils fans were not impressed with the performance of one of their defenders.
The Red Devils had won their previous three fixtures without conceding a goal but rather than stick with the same defence that had kept a clean sheet against Leicester City before the international break, Jose Mourinho brought Matteo Darmian into the side at left-back in place of Daley Blind.
Despite playing there on a number of occasions the Italian is more comfortable on the opposite flank, and he probably should have done better as Mourinho’s men conceded their first league goal of the season when Mame Biram Diouf fizzed in a cross that Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting swept home just before the interval.
The Stoke forward later gave his team a share of the spoils with another goal after Marcus Rashford and Romelu Lukaku had given the visitors the lead.
Man United supporters were quick to have their say on Darmian’s performance via social media, with some describing his showing as “atrocious” and others wanting the club to sell him.
Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction…
Shaw's now an option for #mufc LB. Needs to get fit ? & back in the team asap. Darmian was awful yesterday, didn't offer much going forward
— Onyebucci (@Onyebucci) September 10, 2017
#MUFC need to get Shaw back ASAP. Darmian/ Blind a HUGE weakness. Zero threat from overlaps.
— Jaydn (@JaydnMUFC) September 10, 2017
Darmian was ❌
Going forward was awful.
Shaw would have been a Plus in that Match. #MUFC
— Jeffery #ElJefe? (@jefferybest1) September 10, 2017
Watching the game back again and darmian really was awful yesterday. Has to be doing much better #MUFC
— Gemma (@gemma_is_a_red) September 10, 2017
Darmian should of been slightly better positioned & aware for Stoke's first goal. #MUFC
— Martin Shepherd (@Martin_Shepherd) September 10, 2017
Very clear to see that the left back position is Shaws when he is back in the first team. Darmian suspect in both goals. #MUFC
— Everything United (@MUFC_SCOTLAND) September 10, 2017
When i saw the team i thought most likely draw,Shame JM changed a winning side,Should have started Martial not Herrera,Darmian poor #MUFC
— Ian (@Mancman10) September 9, 2017
Wraps up an awful weeekend. Every rival team won bar Liverpool, and we drop 2 points. Phil Jones and Darmian were atrocious. #mufc
— Richie Yemie Stark (@RichieYemie) September 9, 2017
Get Darmian out my club #mufc
— Josh Somwaru (@Josh_Somwaru) September 9, 2017
Games like this makes people appreciate Blind at left back, Darmian was shocking #MUFC
— GGMU (@Jarad_Mufc) September 9, 2017