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Manchester United round-up: Ryan Giggs defends Angel di Maria

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Manchester United assistant manager Ryan Giggs has backed the club's record signing Angel di Maria to rediscover his best form at Old Trafford following a difficult few months.

The Argentina international has been out-of-sorts in recent months, but Giggs insists the former Real Madrid star's confidence is "fine" despite reports to the contrary.

Giggs is now hoping Di Maria can silence his critics by producing a match-winning performance in tonight's FA Cup quarter-final clash against Arsenal at Old Trafford.

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"I think his confidence is fine," Giggs told PA Sport, according to ITV. "He's a quality player and we'll be looking for him to produce because it is big game after big game now.

"Players get used to different leagues, sometimes quickly and sometimes it takes a bit of time.

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"He had a really good start to the season but with players who take risks and who can win games it's always difficult to be consistent because they will try things that other players won't do.

"They're capable of doing that and that's why they're match-winners and the best players."

Di Maria's progress has been hampered by various injury problems, while a burglary attempt at his £4.1 million mansion in Prestbury last month has not help matters, either.

It was reported on Sunday that the property in question has since been put up for sale, while Di Maria and his family are understood to have moved into the former apartment of ex-Manchester United player and coach Phil Neville.

Will Manchester United ever see the best of Angel di Maria? Have your say in the comments below!

Man United prepared to take £10m hit on Di Maria

The answer to that question will be a categoric no if Manchester United decide to take a £10 million hit on the versatile midfield star this summer.

French champions Paris Saint-Germain are reportedly keen to sign the South American this summer - they unsuccessfully attempted to bring him to the Parc des Princes last summer - but are not prepared to pay the £59.7 million United paid Real Madrid seven months ago.

The Mirror understand PSG are the front-runners to sign Di Maria but are not prepared to pay over £49 million.

Should United cash in on Di Maria if he fails to perform between now and the end of the season? Tell us by leaving a comment in the box below!

Arjen Robben makes Man United admission

Bayern Munich winger Arjen Robben has revealed that Manchester United would be his preferred destination were he to leave the Allianz Arena - because of Louis van Gaal.

The Netherlands international, who has worked with Van Gaal for both club and country, revealed in an interview with the Daily Mail that Van Gaal is a coach who can make individual players even better.

And while he insists he is happy at Bayern Munich, Robben left the door open for a potential move to Old Trafford.

"The life I have with my family is so good, the team has been successful. If things were not going so well, maybe (joining United) would be the first option," Robben stated. "But he knows I am happy."

Manchester United fans: would you be happy if Robben signed - despite the fact he turned 31 in January? Get your comments in below!

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