Angel di Maria is 'as good as Cristiano Ronaldo' - transfer roundup

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The main story dominating the headlines today may be one which details how Cristiano Ronaldo could make a sensational return to Manchester United in the future but, according to Argentina ace Lucas Biglia, the Red Devils may not need him.

Di Maria world-class

Following on from Argentina’s 4-2 demolition of reigning world champions Germany in Dusseldorf, the midfielder has claimed that new United signing Angel di Maria is just one peg behind Lionel Messi when it comes to being the best footballer on the planet.

For plenty of years the debate has raged as to who is the better player out of Messi and Ronaldo, but Biglia reveals the competition has now become a three-horse race, with Di Maria on par with his former Real Madrid team-mate.

The winger, who made an incredible £59.7 million move to Old Trafford a few days before the transfer window slammed shut, enjoyed a man of the match turnout against Germany last night, providing three assists and his side’s fourth goal to ensure some sort of revenge was exacted from when Joachim Lowe’s side beat Argentina in the World Cup final in July.

United fans will be hoping his form his replicated in the Premier League, with Louis van Gaal’s side yet to win a game this term. Di Maria's debut for the Red Devils ended in a 0-0 with Burnley but, with Van Gaal having added to his squad with some smart purchases on deadline day, the team's fortunes could change when they face QPR after the international break.

Earlier today it was revealed that Marco Rojo had been granted his work-permit, meaning he is now available for first-team selection, with the likes of Radamel Falcao and Daley Blind also in contention to start against Harry Redknapp's newly-promoted side.

The potential Ronaldo move

With that being said it’s impossible for us to turn our backs on the news of Ronaldo’s potential return to Manchester, with quotes from the player, which have surfaced this morning, appearing to make it all the more feasible.

The Portuguese wing wizard is said to be distressed at the sale of Di Maria, and has let Florentino Perez know his feelings on the matter. In turn the Madrid president is believed to be furious at the fact that Ronaldo has gone public with his thoughts, making the Santiago Bernabeu a cauldron of gunpowder merely waiting to go off.

Van Gaal is sure to be hoping to salvage Ronaldo from the wreckage if it does.

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