It’s that time of year again. Christmas, you ask? The time for pigs in blankets, mulled wine and a bit of Jesus? No. It’s the time when the transfer rumour mill notches into overdrive. Manchester United are suddenly linked with Messi, Sneijder and Ronaldo for the tenth year running.
With Jose Mourinho at the helm, many reports suggest he wants to have a clear out. Like getting rid of the final scraps of the turkey and those last, shitty celebrations in the bottom of the tub. (Always left with a Bounty)
The likes of Zlatan Ibrahimović, Eric Bailly, Paul Pogba and Henrikh Mkhitaryan came into the team over the summer, leaving question marks above plenty of lads left scrapping for places.
Despite making his first ever appearance for Mourinho in the EFL Cup against West Ham, receiving a reaction as emotional as an Oasis reunion, he is the favourite to be asked to leave in January. Reports suggest United are willing to take a Black Friday-esque discount deal for the World Cup winner.
Juventus and Inter Milan are both rumoured to be interested in bringing Darmian back to the motherland, after finding himself out of favour in Manchester.
He’s got a good name, he’s got a good car, he’s even got some good tattoos. But, unfortunately, that seems to be all he has brought to the table at Manchester United since signing from PSV Eindhoven under Louis Van Gaal.
After officially becoming the world’s most controversial wedding guest – even worse than your pervy uncle – his performances have improved for United. Still, with no guaranteed place in the starting XI, he could leave in January after 12 years at the club.