Manchester United legend Paul Scholes believes Angel di Maria does not look happy at Old Trafford.
Di Maria only arrived at Old Trafford from Real Madrid in the summer, breaking the British transfer record to complete a £59.7 million deal. However, he has already been linked with a return to the Bernabeu this week and Scholes thinks he knows why.
Speaking in his Evening Standard column, the former Red Devils midfielder says Di Maria's body language suggest all is not right in his life. When comparing it to the chirpy chap he appeared to be last season, Scholes thinks the Argentinian is struggling to adapt to life at his new club.
"Preparing for the Liverpool game in Madrid this week, I watched re-runs of last season and Angel di Maria was smiling broadly as he celebrated goal after goal with Cristiano Ronaldo," he explained.
"He doesn’t seem to be in the same happy mood at United. It feels downbeat among the team."
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Struggling this season
Louis van Gaal will certainly have a job on his hands to keep Di Maria happy should Manchester United fail to qualify for the Champions League for a second successive season. Having lost as many games as they have won already this season, it is looking like such a feat will be a struggle.
That comes despite the fact that the Dutchman spent as much as £150 million on transfer fees in the summer as well as offering lucrative contracts - Di Maria's deal is reportedly worth £280,000-a-week.
"It feels downbeat among the team" - Paul Scholes
But Di Maria, while impressive against the likes of Everton and QPR, noticeably struggled against Manchester City last weekend. However, the problems in the squad could extend beyond the winger.
Scholes went on to say that he is concerned with the general ill-feeling surrounding the team, suggesting that Manchester United are failing despite a more open Premier League.
He continued: "It feels downbeat among the team. All this, and yet the third and fourth places — with respect to the likes of Southampton and West Ham - really are there for the taking."