Manchester United claimed their third trophy of the season as they overcame Ajax to win the Europa League final in Stockholm, and Matteo Darmian had an extra cause to celebrate the European glory.
Paul Pogba’s deflected shot that put the Red Devils ahead in the 18th minute, and Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s goal in the second half sealed the silverware for the English club, making them the 5th team in history to claim the full quota of European trophies. The illustrious list includes the likes of Ajax, Juventus, and Bayern Munich.
However, according to Manchester Evening News, Jose Mourinho didn’t hold back any criticism that he had for his players, and Matteo Darmian was the first name to face Portuguese’s telling-off after the Italian had edged too far forward for his manager’s liking.
Nonetheless, the 27-year-old’s brilliant display of basic, old-school defending frustrated Ajax. Darmian, who was bought primarily for his attacking instinct, had been neutered in the attacking department mainly due to Antonio Valencia’s inclusion in United’s defence, as per Mourinho’s statement in January.
But instead, the Italy international seems to have developed into a reliable defender, overcoming his early season’s exclusion to ensure he remains at Old Trafford.
With victory over the Dutch side, United have now become the 5th English team to qualify for next season’s Champions League, and will go straight into the group stages.
The club finished sixth in the Premier League this year, and will hope to increase the titles in their trophy cabinet under the Portuguese tactician, by winning more silverware both domestically and in Europe next season.
Written by Sidharth Jindal
Sports fanatic with a passion for writing (predominantly football) and “Wants to live life to its fullest.” Writes about the Premier League on his personal blog.