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   by David Gurney 
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Matteo Darmian is hoping to return to Italy after telling José Mourinho that he wants to leave Manchester United.

"The first season when I came, I didn't realise how big a step up it was".

"One thing is what I would like, but another thing is what is going to happen", said a dejected Mourinho in an ESPN interview - nearly foreseeing life after August 9th, beyond which, according to the new rule, Premier League teams can not sign new players. I don't have the majority of the players that are going to be in the squad on August 9th when the market closes and we can make the squad official for the season.

Martial is thought to be looking for an Old Trafford exit after a lack of first-team football last season.

Darmian would be an ideal option but he wants to leave after making just 17 appearances for United in all competitions last season.

"I think that when Man United, who are the most powerful club, can not come to an agreement after eight months it is because they really don't want to make him a key player".

According to The Mirror, United are plotting a swoop for the forward, who has been linked with a move to The Emirates.

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But Shaw has defended his manager's approach and insists Mourinho is only trying to make him a better player.

"And I don't think that helps him at United because I'd be amazed if the same team has been named twice on the run, the same formation".

Darmian has attracted interest from a slew of Italian clubs with Juventus believed to be in pole position, but Inter are also striving to take the defender back to his homeland.

"To play for probably the best club in the world is a good thing, and for me, it's an honour to play here and play for Manchester United".

'We will see what happens.

"We played in a system [3-5-2 formation] we don't play many, many times, so it's good experience too".

There has also been the board's struggles in attempting to bring in players to fill the two holes Mourinho has cited as being of most concern going into the new campaign.

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