Manchester United defender Matteo Darmian says there is less importance placed on diet in the Premier League than in Serie A.
The Italy international signed for United from Torino for £12.7million in the summer and he hit the ground running at Old Trafford by being named the club’s player of the month for August.
The 25-year-old has not quite managed to maintain that initial form, but the full-back has featured in 11 of United’d 12 Premier League games to date.
Darmian, who said recently that he “didn’t have to think twice” about joining Manchester United once he knew of their interest, believes he has settled into life in England, but claims the “attention to nutrition” and tactics is far greater in his homeland.
“In England, the new experience started in the best possible way and I hope it can continue like this,” said Darmian.
“Playing in another league in another country helps you to grow in every way.
“In the Premier League it is more physical and less tactical than Serie A. Compared to Italy, there is less attention to nutrition.”
Darmian played the full 90 minutes for Italy in their 3-1 defeat to Belgium on Friday and he is expected to keep start against Romania on Tuesday before returning to Old Trafford later in the week.