Throughout the 2013/14 season, Angel Di Maria played a significant role for Real Madrid in winning the Copa del Rey and the UEFA Champions League.
It was a shock to many when Real Madrid agreed to sell him to Manchester United in August that year, just three months after his Man of the Match performance against Atlético Madrid in the Champions League Final.
Manchester United fans were full of confidence at the start of the 2014/15 season. An experienced, successful manager in Louis Van Gaal had just been appointed and the club had spent over £100million on transfers, £59.7million being spent to bring in di Maria.
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However, in his first season at the club, Di Maria struggled to settle in Manchester. The season started brightly for him, showing glimpses of the class that made him so popular with the Real Madrid fans, with his lobbed goal during the 5-3 defeat to Leicester City being a particular highlight, earning himself Manchester United's Player of the Month for September.
Since October however, Di Maria's season began to go downhill. A hamstring injury suffered during Manchester United's 3-0 victory over Hull was the turning point for him. He missed the next several games, enabling Juan Mata to implement himself in that Central Attacking Midfielder role.
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The turn of the New Year saw Di Maria return from injury, however, due to Mata's fantastic form, it was not clear where Di Maria would fit back in to the side. For the remainder of the season, he struggled for game time and when he did get on to the pitch, he failed to make an impact. His body language showed signs of unrest, and many claimed he was unhappy at the club and wanted out.
Over the last few days, di Maria has been linked with a move away from Manchester United, with Barcelona and Bayern Munich both seen as likely suitors if he was going to leave Old Trafford.
Di Maria has come out and said he is willing to stay in Manchester and wants to make a success out of his career in the Premier League, however he has highlighted first team football as a key element to whether this will happen or not.
Di Maria, when speaking in an interview with Argentinian newspaper Olé, he was asked if he was going to leave Manchester United.
Di Maria replied: "No, because I'm not thinking like that. In Madrid there were times when I was whistled around the stadium but faced it and then it turned around. I like to deal with things.”
Clearly, di Maria has an enormous amount of talent, as he showed during his time at Real Madrid and during the start of last season for Manchester United, However, something has just not clicked for the 27-year-old at Manchester United, and Louis van Gaal and the Manchester United fans will be praying he stays at the club and begins to show the kind of form that placed him in the same bracket as Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi as one of the best players in the world.
If Di Maria wants to truly succeed at Manchester United then he will have to get his head down and work incredibly hard. Van Gaal seems like the kind of manager who will not tolerate players he feels are not working to their full capacity, and if Di Maria continues to show to kind of body language he did towards the end of the season, he may have no choice but to offload the talented Argentinian midfielder.
Manchester United fans will be hoping Di Maria stays and proves himself worthy of wearing the prestigious number seven shirt, worn by so many United legends before him such as David Beckham, Eric Cantona, and of course Cristiano Ronaldo.
Di Maria still has a future at Manchester United and many are expecting him to stay at the club for the upcoming season.
It would be naive for the club to sell him so soon as he clearly has an exceptional amount of talent, given the right amount of time and patience, there is no reason why Angel di Maria can not go on to become a Manchester United legend.
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