Were Manchester United right to sign Angel di Maria?

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A few weeks ago Manchester United chief executive Ed Woodward claimed that splashing the cash was not an issue for the club and that they could even break the British transfer record if required.

And, earlier this week, he delivered on that statement as United announced the signing of Argentine midfielder Angel Di Maria for a record fee. And hence sent a message to the supporters of the club that they are willing to do whatever it takes to get back to the top.

But as always with a high profile signing there also come the queries. Is Di Maria the solution to United's problems? Would the money have been better spent buying a defensive midfielder or a centre-back? Is he just a panic buy?

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Di Maria: World-class

Let's start with the obvious fact that Di Maria is a world class talent and any team would be lucky to have him. The player after all provided the most number of assists among the top five leagues of Europe last season and was an integral part of Real Madrid's Champions League win.

Now to the point that whether he is what Manchester United need. Football experts opposing the deal argue that the club are in desperate need of reinforcements in midfield and at the back. And Di Maria only strengthens the part of United already overflowing with talent. Although their argument is valid, it is also half right.

United need a defender and midfielder

Yes the United team is crying out for a top class defender and a defensive midfielder. But it was also crying for someone to properly replace the hole left by one Portuguese maestro. The team may boast the attacking talents of Mata, Rooney and Van Persie amongst others but it lacks a player who can make runs with blistering pace and open up spaces.

No denying the fact that United's defending last season and so far this season has been awful and the midfield problem has been going on for some seasons now but at the same time the attack hasn't been firing on all cylinders either because of the fact that teams have closed down the gaps through the middle and haven't allowed the likes of Mata to get space and dictate play.

Di Maria: Major coup for United

And on the other hand the wingers haven't been good enough to provide width down the flanks and create room for the front three. Thats where Di Maria comes in. He has the quality to run at players and provide width and pace down the wings.

The biggest quality he has is his never ending stamina. And that can prove so crucial on many occasions. As an example, that magnificent run in extra time that lead to Bale scoring in the CL final comes to mind.

So despite the fact that they still need to buy reinforcements at the other end of pitch in the coming days if they are to return to the top four, Angel Di Maria is certainly a major coup for Manchester United and their new manager.

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