Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has recently come to the defence of his star summer signing, deflecting criticism of Angel Di Maria by pointing out that’s he’s yet to adapt to the division, however, considering the Red Devils paid around £60m for his services, can the Argentine international really be excused?
Rumours have been suggesting Di Maria’s form has dwindled for reasons involving his family, and when looking at his last few showings in a Manchester United shirt it’s clear something is up.
In the 1-0 win against Newcastle, the 27-year-old only completed 63% of his passes, and was subsequently brought off in the 58th minute.
Substitutions have become common place for Di Maria in recent weeks, with Van Gaal bringing the Argentinian off in his last three appearances for Manchester United. Moreover, with only three goals scored or created in his last 14 games in all competitions, he looks in need of a rest.
His poor season with the Red Devils comes as a major shock considering how impressive he was for Real Madrid in 2013/14, playing a leading role in their Copa Del Rey & Champions League triumph.
Cristiano Ronaldo was furious to hear he’d been sold in the summer, with the Portuguese international recognising just how important he’s been for Los Blancos. However, things haven’t gone well for him in England.
Di Maria initially started the campaign strongly, scoring three goals and making four assists in his opening six appearances for United. However, recently, he has become anonymous for large periods of the game, and is increasingly wasteful in possession, slowing down the pace of United’s game all too often.
The Argentine is far from being the only new arrival to have struggled this season, with club teammate Radamel Falcao also receiving criticism for a poor debut campaign, but is the £60m man this season’s biggest flop in the Premier League?
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