Matteo Darmian has refused to get complacent following his summer move from Torino, while insisting that his transfer to Manchester United is just the start of his career and not the "apex". The 21-year-old right-back has also thanked his teammates for helping him settle down at the club despite being with the club for just over a month.
The Italian international defender has made an immediate impact since his arrival from the Serie A club. Despite Louis van Gaal suggesting that he was only a backup for Antonio Valencia, he has started all six of United's games this season. He has clearly established himself as the first choice right-back following impressive performances in the Premier League and the Champions League.
Darmian is confident that he can push on following his move to the 20-time English champions, and believes that all the hard work is finally paying off, as he begins life in the top tier of European football.
"The important thing for me is that even though I'm a foreigner, I settled in straight away at Manchester United, thanks also to my teammates and the staff who made me feel part of the group," Darmian told Corriere della Sera, as quoted by ESPN FC.
"I put myself at the disposal of the coach immediately, with the utmost effort and humility."
"I want to stay true to myself. I am someone who worked hard to get where I am today and I intend to continue doing that. Manchester United is a beginning and not the apex of my career," the former Torino defender explained.
Darmian had an impressive season with the Serie A outfit last season, making 46 appearances in all competitions scoring five goals and providing four assists. However, one cause for concern will be his discipline, as his short stay at United has seen him already pick up three yellow cards in six games, while he picked up just four during the course of the entire 2014/15 campaign.