Angel di Maria v Pedro: Who is better?

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Argentinian winger Angel di Maria has been heavily linked with a move to PSG over the last few days.

A move to the French champions would bring an end to a disastrous spell at Manchester United. Di Maria arrived for a staggering £59.7 million last summer, the highest transfer fee ever paid by a British club.

However United's record signing struggled in his first season with the club. Now PSG are confident of concluding a deal for the player. With Di Maria likely to depart it's been reported that United will turn their attention to completing a deal for Barcelona winger Pedro.


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The Spanish international's new contract saw his release clause drop dramatically, from over £100 million to just £22 million. The experienced winger finds himself in a similar position to Alexis Sanchez last summer, meaning a deal could well happen.

Here's how Pedro and Angel di Maria compare over the last five seasons.


Di Maria managed his fewest number of appearances since 2011/12 in his first season with United. His 33 appearances for the Red Devils was a far cry from his Real Madrid days where he managed 52 appearances in each of his final two seasons. Though this is in part down to United's lack of Champions League football, Di Maria's poor form was certainly a factor. His highest total of the last five years came in 2010/11 when he managed 53 games. A total of 222 appearances in the last five seasons gives him an average of 44.4 appearances a season.

Despite not being a regular starter, Pedro featured in significantly more games than di Maria last season. He managed 50 appearances, which was four down on 2013/14. However he has managed 45 or more appearances in each of the last five seasons, making him very reliable. The Spaniard has managed 28 more games than Di Maria since the start of the 2010/11 season, giving him an average of 50 games a season.


Di Maria's disappointing season saw him record his second lowest amount of minutes in the last five years. His total of 2,013 minutes was a huge drop on his 3,742 minutes in his last season with Madrid. He managed in excess of 3000 minutes in three of his four seasons with Real but was a long way off that mark last season. He's played 14,400 minutes in the last five seasons with an average of 2,800 per season.

Pedro's minutes played were not significantly higher than di Maria's last season. He himself managed only 2,219 as Neymar and Suarez were often preferred. Despite this he to has managed over 3000 minutes in three of his last five seasons. His highest total came in 2010/11 when he played 3,758 minutes. In all Pedro has featured for 15,460 minutes in the last five seasons, 1,060 more than di Maria has managed. However at 3,092 his average minutes per season is only marginally greater.


The way Di Maria started the season, you wouldn't have bet against him hitting double figures. However a drastic dip in form meant that he managed just four goals last season, a disappointing total for a player who managed 11 goals the season before. While goalscoring has never been his speciality, last season's total was still a decline for a player who managed nine goals in both 2012/13 and 2010/11. A total of 40 goals and an average of eight per season suggests that United fans shouldn't have expected too much in terms of goals.

Pedro's goalscoring record is excellent for a player who hasn't always been a regular in the Barcelona side. His 11 goals last season was seven more than di Maria. In 2013/14 he netted an impressive 19 times. The most prolific of his last five seasons was the 2010/11 campaign when he managed 22 goals. 75 goals in five years is simply sensational for a midfielder and his average of 15 goals a season suggests that he could comfortably share the goalscoring burden with Wayne Rooney next season.


It's as a creator that di Maria has really shone over the last five years. The Argentine may have struggled last season but he still managed 12 assists. If di Maria hadn't set himself such incredibly high standards this would be a superb total. The reality is though that this total was 14 down on his 26 assists during his fair-well campaign at Real. In the seasons before that he managed 18, 17 and 26 assists. A staggering total of 99 assists in five seasons, has to be admired. However last season wasn't good enough for a player who averages 19.8 assists a season.

While Pedro has excelled as a goal scorer, he has not performed quite as well as a creator. Pedro's nine assists last season was three less than di Maria and four less than his own total from 2013/14. The winger managed 12 assists in 2012/13 and 2010/11. However he hasn't come close to di Maria in the last five seasons showed by his total of 54 assists, minuscule compared to the Argentine. His average of 10.8 assists per season indicates that we'll see more goals than set-ups from him should he join United


Di Maria picked up just a single booking last season, down from seven in his final year with Madrid. His highest number of yellows came in 2010/11 when he picked up a hefty 11. 30 yellow cards in five years gives him an average of 6 cautions a season. Pedro boasts a better disciplinary record, despite picking up five bookings last season. He's received five or more yellows in three of his last five seasons, however 23 cards means he averages a mere 3.8 a season.

Pedro has not been shown red in any of his last five seasons, but the same cannot be said about Di Maria who has been sent for an early bath in four out of five seasons. Last year he saw red for pulling referee Michael Oliver's shirt during an FA Cup defeat to Arsenal. In 2013/14 he avoided being sent-off but in 2012/13 he was given his marching orders twice. One red in each of the two seasons before that means he averages one red card per season, beware PSG.

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