It has been reported that Manchester United full-back Matteo Darmian has revealed he hopes to emulate the success his predecessors Patrice Evra and Gary Neville enjoyed during their time at Old Trafford.
The Italian international described Evra and Neville as two legends of world football, and while the 26-year-old stopped short of comparing himself to the pair, he said he would use their feats with the Red Devils as inspiration for his own performances.
“They are two full backs that have created football history, not only at Manchester United but in the world,” Darmian told United’s official website.
“I’ve seen them both play,they have both been two very important pillars for United. They’ve contributed to the success of the club.
“Patrice played in Italy last season so I had the possibility of more contact with him. I played against him twice in the derbies [against Juventus], and in Italy he is proving to be a champion just like he was at United.
“Obviously, Gary Neville was captain at United and a legend at the club, the victories he had, the trophies he won… his story speaks volumes.
“Making comparisons with other great players is always difficult. They are both champions. Instead of comparing them, it’s nicer to refer to them as idols to follow.
“They were so great it’s almost impossible to reach what they achieved, but they can be an incentive to always give more and always work to your best to try to at least get a bit closer to what they did.
“They’ve had a lot of success and become legends of a very important club, that’s probably their greatest achievement, all the trophies that they won here and having become points of reference of this club.”