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Matteo Darmian 'happy' at Manchester United amid transfer speculation

Matteo Darmian has denied that he is seeking a move away from Manchester United and said he feels comfortable in his new role as a left-back.

Darmian, 27, normally plays at right-back but, after struggling for game time at the start of the season, has been used as a makeshift left back due to Luke Shaw's injury problems.

The Italy international has started the last six Premier League games for United, having only featured in the Europa League before that.

Darmian said: "I play for one of the biggest clubs in the world so I'm happy. I listen and read about the transfer but I don't know anything. At the moment, nothing is true. I will continue to do my job and want to stay here.

"I'm a natural right-back but playing on the left is not a big problem. I've been at left-back the last few matches and I feel comfortable in that position."

Discussing the start of the season, Darmian added: "The manager has to take a decision. Sometimes I'm out of the squad -- definitely at the beginning -- but I worked hard to take my chance when the manager gave it to me. Now I'm playing and of course I'm happy."

United were forced to throw Marcos Rojo and Phil Jones in as a makeshift central defensive pairing at Swansea City on Nov. 6 -- with Eric Bailly and Chris Smalling both out injured at the time -- but they have stood up the task and stayed in the side.

With Antonio Valencia and Darmian as full backs, United have been fielding the same back four consistently in the league in recent games.

Darmian said: "If we're playing with the same men in defence then we know each other better, game by game. We've a lot of good players so, if some change, the idea is the same.

"We want to keep this way, because it is a good way to reduce the gap with the top. We need some victories in a row."

United made up valuable ground on the sides above them this weekend after beating Tottenham Hotspur -- while Liverpool drew and Manchester City lost.

Darmian said: "We needed this win. The few matches before we deserved to win but always conceded a goal at the end. We'd drawn four of the last five. Tottenham was important because the gap is now reduced.

"We have to prepare for the game on Wednesday at Palace now. We don't have too much time but we're focused on that.

"The Christmas period is the most important period of the season because we have a lot of games in a short time. We play every two days and we have to take as many points as possible. Maybe our rivals will lose some points again.

"Chelsea are doing a great job with nine victories in a row -- it's not easy to do. But I hope they lose some points soon."

Reflecting on his adaptation to the Premier League, he added: "It's a little bit different than Italy. Here it is less tactical but more physical. The opponents are very strong and we have to adapt quickly to every situation."