Man United defender Matteo Darmian has admitted he is unsure why manager Jose Mourinho has pushed him to periphery of the squad.
The Italy international, who will return to Manchester this week after his duties with the national team, has found game time a hard commodity to come by under the former Chelsea boss, having played just five times this season and being left out of the squad entirely on eight separate occasions.
Speaking to Italian TV (quoted in The Mirror) the 26-year-old said:
“I don’t know why [I’m not in the team], that’s a difficult question to answer,” he said.
“The coach has to make his decisions and we players have to accept them. I always worked hard and gave my best when called upon and I’ll continue to do that.”
The former Torino man arrived from Italy in 2015 for a fee of £15m and is yet to really impress in a Man United spot, with converted winger Antonio Valencia consistently preferred in the right back slot.
The FA Cup winner, who is six apperances shy of his half-century for the Red Devils, says he is still determined to prove his worth to his manager.
“I certainly don’t lack determination,” he added, “and that is fundamental, especially during a period where you don’t play as much.”