Having been a mainstay for his team this season, as well as a fan favourite and arguably one of the best wingers in the world, it is fair to say that since his £60million arrival from Real Madrid in the summer Angel Di Maria he proved pivotal for Manchester United’s surge in form over recent weeks.
Having suffering a dramatically publicised record-breakingly poor season last term, the Old Trafford club knew that they were going to have to spend big in the transfer market to get this season up to standard.
That is precisely what they did, with the arrival of some of the games’ most prominent names, such as Radamel Falcao, Andrea Herrera and, of course, the acquisition of Angel Di Maria. Now, after yet another somewhat unconvincing start to this campaign, it would seem that Manchester United’s luck is starting to change under new management Lois Van Gaal.
However, one question could be pondered; could united be relying on key players Di Maria and Wayne Rooney too much? Having hobbled off down the tunnel after being substituted a couple of weeks ago, it seemed that Di Maria may be looking at a significant spell out on the sidelines – this would prove very unfortunate indeed for United fans.
On the flip side, United welcome Rooney back into the squad in time for Saturday’s clash against Southampton after also picking up an injury over recent weeks.
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Another bit of good news for United fans is the knowledge that Falcao is back in contention and has been for the past week, though it may concern some people as he hasn’t started too many matches this season and seems to be taking his time finding his place in this new look team.
Yet another blow to the United side is the loss of defensive midfielder Dailey Blind – Blind has been a consistent starter in Van Gaal’s side this season and a solid performer during his matches. He provides an anchor role just in front of the back four and has become a mainstay in his position and in front of the fans.
Is it a good thing to rely purely on two or three players to deliver performances throughout the season?