Did Di Maria Make A Mistake Signing for Man United?
WHEN you’re a footballer who can command a price tag of £59.7 million, chances are, you can walk into just about any team in the world. With that, you can have your pick of the trophies you’d like to be winning. When you’re at that level of the game, trophies is what it is all about, so you can text your other insanely successful pals and boast.
When Angel Di Maria signed for Manchester United, he was joining one of the most famous clubs in the world and playing for one of the most respected managers in the game, in Louis Van Gaal.
However, Di Maria has wandered into one of the most average Man United sides in memory. Even the fans at Old Trafford will concede that it is hard to get truly excited about any team that contains Chris Smalling.
It poses the question: Did Angel Di Maria make a mistake signing for Manchester United?
Of course, the forward’s form has been good and only last month, he picked up the Player of the Month for September at Old Trafford and has cropped up with some goals and assists. However, when you’re that good, you’d expect a player at half speed to do something decent, especially after being used so sparingly in the close of his last season with Real Madrid.
Former Man U legend, Paul Scholes, thinks something is amiss.
The former United midfielder thinks that Angel looked much more positive while playing alongside Cristiano Ronaldo, and thinks that the whole Manchester United squad need a lift from somewhere.
Scholes said: “My concern is that the mood among the United players feels a bit low-key. Preparing for the broadcast of the game [Real Madrid vs Liverpool, for which Scholes was a TV pundit] in Madrid this week, I watched reruns of last season and Angel Di Maria smiling broadly as he celebrated goal after goal with Cristiano Ronaldo.”
“He doesn’t seem to be in the same happy mood at United. It feels downbeat among the team.”
One contributing factor is that Louis van Gaal’s side sit 10th in the Premier League table after 10 games, and have been beaten by some teams that Man Utd would normally steamroller – we’re looking at the 4-0 loss to MK Dons and the 5-3 defeat at the hands of newly promoted Leicester City.
We can only assume which other teams were sniffing around the Argentinian when he decided he was going to leave Real Madrid, and it looks like the Old Trafford bosses threw the most money at him, but you have to wonder if Di Maria feels that he’s made an error signing for a team that’s clearly in transition.
Does Angel Di Maria have the patience to wait for LVG to sort things about in Manchester, or are we going to see him wanting away at the close of the season?