Angel di Maria was signed after playing a stellar role for Real Madrid in their Champions League success for a British record transfer fee of £59.7 million by the Red Devils. The Manchester United squad was under reconstruction at that time and Di Maria’s signing sent a clear signal to other clubs about its ambition.
The Argentine proved to be an instant hit as he won Manchester United's player of the month award for September notching up two goals and two assists in his first four games for the Red Devils.
But his form started to decline following a hamstring injury. When he returned from the injury, he was often played out of position. As a result, he was not able to have an impact on the game and suffered a dip in form.
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Towards the end of the season Di Maria was often found on the bench rather than on the field. The attempted burglary at his mansion worsened his situation as he endured a frustrating debut season at the Old Trafford.
In the ongoing transfer window, media reports have continuously linked Di Maria with a move to the French champions Paris Saint-Germain. The club tried to get hold of Di Maria the year before, but was unable to do so due to the Financial Fair Play regulations. But with the restrictions now lifted, the club have confirmed the signing of the Argentine as they continue their hunt for European glory.
Paris Saint-Germain would benefit hugely from Di Maria, particularly in the UEFA Champions League where the club has underperformed so far. At 27, the player is approaching the peak of his career and it remains only a matter of time before he finds top gear. At the recently concluded Copa America, Di Maria showed what he is capable of as he helped his country to another final.
His versatility combined with those lightning runs from the deep will give PSG a whole new dimension to their attack. The Paris outfit already has two of the world's best strikers in Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Edinson Cavani. Combine them with Di Maria's exceptional creativity and we might get a lethal attacking combination.
Moreover, the club has a balanced squad with Thiago Silva and David Luiz marshalling their defense and players like Javier Pastore, Thiago Motta and Blaise Matuidi patrolling the midfield. It seems a pretty good match on paper for Di Maria who would have the necessary freedom in the pitch which will surely bring out the best in him.
A move away from the Theatre of Dreams would benefit him personally. His career has stalled under Van Gaal and only a fresh start would set things right. Laurent Blanc has already expressed his admiration for Di Maria and as such will greatly help him in returning to the top. Also, life in Paris will certainly do well for his young family who were perturbed following an attempted burglary at his Manchester residence.
A club like Manchester United has huge global appeal and can sign almost any player they want. Although his sale after only 12 months would likely result in a loss for United, they can utilise that money in acquiring other world class players.
It will also free up a massive amount of £280,000 in weekly wages which can either be spent on wages of new signings or by offering improved contracts to their star performers.
Overall, Di Maria's move to PSG makes complete sense. It might prove to be a blessing in disguise for Manchester United as they return to European football.
On the other hand, PSG just might be able to break their European jinx with his capture. It would definitely please football fans to see the real Di Maria back in action after what was a lackluster season with Manchester United.