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Manchester United legend Paul Scholes says he was disappointed with Angel di Maria this season - but wants him to stay put in order to prove his worth.
The Argentinian international made the move from Real Madrid for a club record £59.7 million fee last year, but failed to live up to expectations amidst reports he was seeking to leave.
The 27-year-old managed just four goals in the Premier League in his maiden campaign and lost his place in the first team to Ashley Young towards the end of the season.
Paris Saint-Germain are believed to be interested in the former Benfica man, but Scholes believes Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal needs to give him a chance to flourish before casting him aside - despite naming him as they biggest flop in the Premier League.
"For £59.7m, the hope was that he would give United much more," Scholes wrote. "I accept he has had problems off the pitch settling into life in Manchester, but there is no way he can see the season as anything other than a disappointment. This was, after all, the best player in last season's Champions League final.
"Nevertheless, the quality is there and I don't think United can afford to lose him. They need that kind of player if they are to compete in the Champions League. Let's see what next season brings."
Di Maria has had a difficult season both on and off the pitch after his house in Manchester was targeted by thieves, which forced him and his family to move into a hotel. That prompted speculation that he could seek to leave Old Trafford, and recent reports have claimed that Bayern Munich are also considering a move for him.
The winger is just one of a host of players that have been linked with a move away from Manchester United in recent weeks. On-loan forward Radamel Falcao has already returned to Monaco, while there are question marks about Robin van Persie too.
At the back Rafael is almost certain to leave having been cast aside by Van Gaal this season while Jonny Evans has been linked with a £10 million move to Everton.
Paul Scholes is talking total sense - what's the point of investing almost £60 million in a player only to sell him at the first sign of trouble? There is of course no guarantee that Di Maria but it is imperative that Manchester United give him every chance to do so because when he's on form he is one of the best in the world.
Plus financially a deal doesn't work this summer either. Few clubs can fork out that sort of money especially under Financial Fair Play as things stand. Next summer would be a better window for a move regardless of how he performs next time round.
Do you think Di Maria is currently worth £40 million after his performances this season?
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