Angel di Maria has conceded that he struggled to settle into life in the Premier League following his record move from Real Madrid.
The Argentine moved to Manchester United for a fee of £59.7 million, but after making a lighting start to life in England has tailed off of late.
He managed to score three goals in his first five appearances for Manchester United, but has managed just one in his subsequent 17 matches. Di Maria will be hoping to get back on the scoresheet against Sunderland this weekend, but admits he struggled to adapt after making his move.
"I’ve had a couple of games where things haven’t gone as well as they could have," he conceded to MUTV in an exclusive interview broadcast on Friday. "I think it’s part of that settling-in process to the English game."
Reports have surfaced this week that the Argentine international is unhappy at Manchester United and could be seeking a transfer. He was heavily linked with a move to Paris Saint-Germain before his summer switch and has previously spoken positively of the French club.
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Manchester United currently sit fourth in the Premier League after falling to a 2-1 defeat against Swansea last weekend, and just three points separate them from Tottenham in seventh place.
Di Maria isn't the only one to have failed to settle at Old Trafford, with Radamel Falcao also struggling to prove his worth. The Colombian has managed just four league goals this season and it's looking unlikely that Manchester United will take up the option of making his switch permanent.
Angel di Maria reached perhaps his lowest ebb against Swansea; he looked lethargic and he contributed absolutely nothing in his team's defeat.
As with any major new signing there is no guarantee that the move will pay off, but given the size of the transfer he should be sweating blood to show he is doing all he can to make it worthwhile.
The sad fact of the matter is that so far he's been a flop. He won't leave this summer, but if he continues to disappoint next season then some serious questions need to be asked.