Manchester United staff at the club’s megastore may need extra training judging by this latest printing effort involving an Angel di Maria shirt. The photo, posted on Twitter, shows a replica jersey with the name of United’s record signing spelt horribly wrong.
Instead of ‘Di Maria - 7’, it reads ‘DAMARIA - 7’ - which, needless to say, didn’t go down particularly well with the person who forked out the money for it. The current price to purchase a ‘Di Maria - 7’ shirt from Manchester United’s online store is a cool £71.95 - and for that price, fans have every right not to expect any spelling mistakes.
However, this isn’t the first time that Manchester United’s megastore have made an awful mistake with a replica jersey involving one of the club’s new signings. Shortly after Radamel Falcao completed his season-long loan move from AS Monaco at the end of the summer transfer window, a fan was sent a brand new shirt with ‘Flacao - 9’ on the back of it.
Quite who United have employed to man the printing machines in the club shop is anyone’s guess - but a knack of being capable of spelling footballers’ names correctly ought to have been a pre-requisite at the interview stage. How many more Manchester United supporters are going to be left angered and disappointed by similar mistakes before action is taken?
We jest. Manchester United sell hundreds of thousands of replica shirts every years to fans all around the world and mistakes like these will happen from time to time. Ninety-nine per cent of fans have received their new jerseys with the correct names and numbers.
Di Maria’s excellent start
That fans are flocking to get new United shirt with Di Maria’s name on the back is no surprise. The Argentina international, who became the most expensive player in British football history after completing his £59.7 million move from Real Madrid in August, has enjoyed a superb start to his spell at Old Trafford.
The 26-year-old already has three goals from his first five appearances and deservedly picked up United’s Player of the Month award for September. His fabulous chip in the 5-3 defeat to Leicester City, meanwhile, was named the club’s Goal of the Month.
Di Maria’s stunning displays have led to questions being asked about the transfer policy of Real Madrid president Florentino Perez, who took the unpopular decision to cash-in on Di Maria after purchasing James Rodriguez.
Real Madrid’s loss has undoubtedly been Manchester United’s gain; the Red Devils’ faithful finally have a superstar No. 7 once again.