Angel di Maria has revealed that he did not want to leave Real Madrid after completing a British record transfer to Manchester United on Tuesday evening.
Di Maria released an open letter to fans of the Santiago Bernabeu club, in which he insisted he never wanted to depart the European champions and that directors of the club broke promises to him, leaving him with no choice but to leave.
Never wanted move
“Unfortunately I have to go, but I want to make it clear that I never wished to leave,” he said in the letter.
“As anyone who works, I’ve always wanted to progress. After winning La Decima, I went to the World Cup expecting to receive a gesture from the directors, which never came.
“Many things were said and many lies were spoken. They always wanted to attribute the reason for leaving on me, but that was never the case.
“Unfortunately, I am not a footballer like another person. The only thing I asked for is for something fair. There are many things I value and salary is not one of them.
“I hope to get them at Manchester United, one of the biggest clubs in the world and I wish to make history.”
Shocked by minnows
Manchester United announced they had completed the £59.7million transfer on Tuesday evening, but the good feeling quickly turned sour when the Old Trafford club were handed a humiliating 4-0 defeat by League One side MK Dons in the second round of the Capital One Cup.
Di Maria is sorely needed at the Red Devils who are in disarray after only three matches of Louis van Gaal’s first season in charge, which have been hallmarked by a lack of cutting edge in midfielder and up front.
Defeats to Swansea City at home and a draw away to Sunderland were two abysmal performances by the Old Trafford club and the arrival of Di Maria should go some way to rectifying the problems going forward.
He was probably Real Madrid’s best performer in the latter stages of last season and was man of the match in the Champions League final victory over rivals Atletico Madrid, making decisive moves in extra-time to push Los Blancos to the eventual 4-1 win.
Despite the 26-year-old’s undoubted talent, Manchester United still have issues in midfield and will have to recruit a more deep-lying playmaker for central midfield.
Midfield problems remain
Keeping the ball has been a real issue in the middle of the park for Manchester United; injuries have seriously curtailed Van Gaal’s options, but even with everyone fit they do not have that one character who can dominate play.
Arturo Vidal has been linked with a switch from Juventus to Old Trafford for most of the summer and he is the kind of player that Van Gaal could do with if he is going to turn the club’s fortunes around.
United’s next match will be a tricky trip to Turf Moor to take on newly-promoted Burnley in the early kick-off on Saturday and Di Maria is expected to make his debut in a match that the Red Devils sorely need to win.