Manchester United attacker Angel di Maria endured something of a difficult first season at Old Trafford following his British record acquisition, with the Argentina international spending almost as much time off the pitch as on it.
Di Maria arrived from Real Madrid with a £59.7 million price tag but failed to live up to anywhere the expectation that came with his signing, although much of this can be owed to the number of injuries sustained over the course of the campaign.
The 27-year-old started only 24 times during this maiden season as a Manchester United player and the full extent of just how much his time in the treatment room cost his employers has been revealed.
It is reported by The Telegraph that Di Maria picked up £1.7 million in wages during his time spent unavailable, having suffered a number of injury problems - as did practically the entire Manchester United squad.
Luke Shaw, another expensive arrival last summer, was out of action for a total of 120 days, while Louis van Gaal’s players suffered more injuries - 39 - than any other side in the Premier League during 14/15.
It would surely be more than simply coincidence that these issues persisted for much of the season, and the general assertion is that Van Gaal’s training methods initially put too much strain on his new players.
Whether a change was made later in the campaign or the players just got used to the rigour of their new manager, the injuries subsided by the business end and allowed Manchester United to consolidate their position in the top four.
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