After a disappointing first season at Manchester United there are many questions surrounding Angel Di Maria. The most important: Is it time to sell?
Arriving in Manchester last summer for a British transfer record of £59.7 million, Di Maria failed to make a significant impact during the season. His four goals in 34 appearances ended up costing the Red Devils £15 million-per-goal. His failure to break through in English football has attracted attention from some of the biggest clubs in Europe.
Those interested include French giants Paris Saint-Germain with le10sport claiming that the two clubs are in discussions over his future. He is seen as a possible replacement for French international Yohan Cabaye who has spent most of his time on the bench. Other rumours go as far as to say that Di Maria has been told he can leave the club.
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Louis van Gaal may be tempted to sell the Argentina international especially after his early departure from the Copa America final due to a hamstring injury which could cause further complications. Di Maria, however, could be Manchester United’s key to success next season.
He looked to be back to his best in Argentina’s Copa America campaign scoring twice and assisting Manchester rival Sergio Aguero in a 6-1 annihilation of Paraguay. This would’ve restored Van Gaal’s faith in him after a dismal latter half of his Premier League debut season which saw him dropped from the starting XI.
It’s too early, however, to discount the winger as he had similarly average debut seasons at both Benfica and Real Madrid. It always takes time for foreign players to adjust to English football and next season we should expect to see his full potential. He said in an interview recently: "I'm good in Manchester. My first year at each European club I've played was never good. Then I improved & finished very well...I know that I will repeat that at Man United".
His pace and distribution make him a nightmare for defenders. Playing alongside figures such as Memphis Depay and Juan Mata and feeding lethal finishers in the form of Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney, he is a key component of their attacking lineup next season.
Having paid such as large sum for him, Van Gaal is surely reluctant to sell him straight away especially as he will not get all of his investment back. With the financial situation in favour of keeping Di Maria and the lack of standout midfielders in the United roster at the moment, fans will be hoping he stays at Old Trafford next season.