Manchester United don't need Angel Di Maria

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Louis van Gaal may well have gone on record in saying that Manchester United don't have a winger in the same quality bracket as the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo or Angel di Maria, but that doesn't necessarily mean the new Red Devils boss needs one.

In truth, the likes of Ashley Young and Antonio Valencia are no where near the quality of the Real Madrid pair, but that doesn't mean they should be replaced in this transfer window.

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In the David Moyes era, United were crying out for a world-class winger – someone to offer something different in the opposition's half. But, under Van Gaal, United may well be fine with what they have. A ball hasn't been kicked yet in this Premier League campaign, but the Dutch coach has already given his side a new identity – one that wasn't there in the previous regime.

It's a system that suits the likes of Valencia and Young. The duo could play a huge role in the 3-5-2 formation that Van Gaal has implemented at Old Trafford. Both Valencia and Young will work all day long for United's Dutch coach, and they would help the likes of Juan Mata, Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie prosper in attack.

Where, then, would someone like Di Maria fit in at Old Trafford? The talented Argentine, who has been linked with a club record move to the Theatre of Dreams in recent days, is a wonderful asset going forward, but could he really adapt to the full-back position?

He could, of course, play off the front two, but where does that leave Mata, Shinki Kagawa and even Adnan Januzaj? Would Van Gaal really change his system for one man? Of course, Di Maria would give him a different option when needed, but would he really be happy with spending time on the bench next season?


Van Gaal has already discussed United's balance – or lack of it – on a number of occasions since his arrival. Despite United's need for a world-class winger, Di Maria's potential arrival would cause Van Gaal an unnecessary headache.

Juan Cuardrado, who has also been linked with a big money move to Old Trafford, certainly seems the better option. The Colombian ace – who, like Di Maria, enjoyed a fine World Cup, would fit in, and fit Van Gaal's new system.

The Fiorentina man could come at half the price of Di Maria, and would only benefit United. The versatile star would be happy to attack and defend, and would also prove an upgrade on the likes of Young and Valenica. It's a win-win buy for Van Gaal, isn't it?

Other areas

So, by saving money on Di Maria and landing Cuardrado, the new United boss could go on and improve other areas of his squad before the close of the transfer window. It's the middle of the pitch where United really have problems.

The signature of Ander Herrera has improved the club in the middle of the park, but they are still lacking in that area. Their rivals – the likes of Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester City, are still stronger in midfield, and it's an area that has troubled the Red Devils for some time.

Of course, there's the Arturo Vidal rumour, but it's crucial that Van Gaal gets someone in of similar quality in the near future. The injury to Michael Carrick has certainly proved a major setback for the United boss.

Defensively, meanwhile, is another problem altogether for Van Gaal. United are yet to dip into the market for a new defender, despite losing the likes of Patrice Evra, Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand.

United, of course, have the likes of Jonny Evans, Phil Jones, and Chris Smalling, but are they the men to get the club back to the summit of the Premier League table? There's no doubt about it, United have to invest in defence and midfield.

Di Maria, on the other hand, would prove a luxury and unnecessary signing for Van Gaal. He must buy right, or face a difficult debut season at the Theatre of Dreams.

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