Manchester United confirmed on Tuesday evening that Di Maria had been signed on a five-year contract, while it has since been reported that the total cost of the deal for the Argentina international will reach €160 million over its duration.
Upon his arrival at Old Trafford, Di Maria was awarded the club’s iconic No.7 shirt, worn previously by the likes of George Best, David Beckham and Ronaldo, and the latter is proud to see his ex-teammate join a club of Manchester United’s stature.
“It’s great for him,” Ronaldo said at the Champions League group stage draw on Thursday.
“Manchester is one of the best clubs in the world. It will be good for him and I wish the best of luck for him.”
The deal for Di Maria represented the second occasion this year that Manchester United surpassed their own transfer record after the January acquisition of Juan Mata, while it was a fee over £20 million greater than had been paid to sign the Spain international.
However, despite this significant outlay, the squad still remains short on quality options in all departments, with defence surely a particular area of concern for manager Louis van Gaal.
Since Van Gaal has taken charge the club have completed deals for Ander Herrera, Luke Shaw, Marcos Rojo and Di Maria, yet they have still not sufficiently compensated for this summer’s departures.
Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand both left for pastures new after their respective contracts were not renewed, resulting in a loss of over 755 games worth of experience for Manchester United.
The addition of Rojo does not represent the central defender of some repute that was seemingly required after these two exits, and this will remain a worry until the gaps are sufficiently plugged.
Midfield is also a department in which further reinforcement is needed, with the requirement of a combative player to play alongside Herrera, or possibly at the base of a diamond also including Di Maria and Mata.
Arturo Vidal has been the player most frequently linked with this position, currently occupied by Darren Fletcher, while William Carvalho has also been mentioned as an option for Van Gaal.
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