Antonio Valencia’s injury has allowed Matteo Darmian to force his way back into the Manchester United starting line-up.

Before Valencia’s injury, the Italian international failed to make a single league appearance, and it appeared he didn’t feature in Jose Mourinho’s plans.

The 26-year-old has been linked with a move to Inter, and according to a latest report on Italian website Calciomercato, Inter are still keen on Darmian.

Calciomercato say Darmian remains a January target for Inter, but his return to the Manchester United starting line-up has made things a little complicated.

It’s reported once again that Inter already had an agreement with Darmian, but the Premier League giants have blocked his move so far. Calciomercato say there’s an ‘agreement with the boy’.

Valencia’s return date is still unknown, whilst Mourinho has been complaining about the attitude of other players, so it seems Darmian might retain his place in the starting line-up at least in the next future.

Mourinho falling out with Luke Shaw and Chris Smalling may well provide more opportunities for Darmian, especially on the left.

Darmian is reportedly Inter’s primary target, and it remains to be seen when they move on to their other targets should Manchester United decide not to sell Darmian in the middle of the season.

It’s all down to Jose Mourinho this one, and the combined factors of Valencia’s injury and falling out with other defenders may well keep Darmian at Manchester United.