Matteo Darmian’s impressive start to life with Manchester United has earned the Italian right-back his first accolade with the club – the Player of the Month award for August.

Thousands of fans voted in’s global poll with 42 per cent selecting the summer signing – presumably appreciating both his attacking flair on the right flank and his robust contribution to United’s early cluster of clean sheets.

Two of Darmian’s fellow defenders were also nominated for the award, with Chris Smalling collecting 35 per cent of the votes to Luke Shaw’s 23 per cent. All three have since performed well for their national teams during the international break and will be looking to maintain their form as September’s domestic schedule begins with a game against Liverpool.

When recently asked about Darmian’s displays, Louis van Gaal said: “A full-back firstly┬áhas to defend and then secondly he has to build up. Thirdly, he has to attack and give an option to his fellow players in front of him. He has fulfilled my expectations of him so far.”

Congratulations to Matteo and thanks to all the fans around the world who voted on

Look out for MUTV‘s exclusive interview with Matteo Darmian on Friday evening.