Where did it all go wrong for Angel Di Maria at Manchester United?

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With Angel di Maria now looking certain to leave Manchester United after just one season at the club, many football fans across the world will be baffled as to why it did not work out for the Argentine international at Old Trafford.

Just last summer, Di Maria was brought to the Premier League for a British football record fee of £59.7million. Manchester United fans believed that this signing could push them on to greater things and that he would take the Premier League by storm.

However, for a number of reasons, the transfer simply has not worked out for the Manchester club and with PSG now closing in on attaining his services, the reasons for unsuccessful stint in the Premier League must be explained.

Firstly, a number of injuries suffered throughout the previous season made it difficult for the Argentine international to cement a place in the club's starting eleven. In his absence, Juan Mata shined, making it even more difficult for Di Maria to break in to the side, increasing the struggle for him to settle in Manchester. Di Maria showed signs of the brilliance which attracted so much interest in him during his time at Real Madrid; however it was due to injuries that he could not put together a decent run of games in the side.

Another incident which clearly caused further problems for Di Maria to settle in Manchester was the break in of his home following his return after the 3-1 victory over Leicester City in January of this year at Old Trafford.

Di Maria was evidently unsettled after burglars attempted to smash down the back door of his mansion before fleeing after an alarm was triggered. Manchester United moved Di Maria and his family in to a hotel due to his wife reportedly and understandably being extremely shaken up, resulting in her wanting to move her family away from the city of Manchester. Since the break in, Di Maria struggled further with his form and as shown by his body language when on the field, was evidently not settled at the club.


Throughout the season, Louis van Gaal experimented in order to find his best formation, whilst also attempting to find the clubs' record signing a place in it. Due to the Argentine having to play in various different positions, it was unsure as to what position was his strongest, making it even more difficult for him to settle at the club. Di Maria struggled with his consistency throughout the season, perhaps due to the player not being able to cement an exact position in the starting eleven.

Di Maria was moved from centre midfield, to the wing, with him also being used as a striker occasionally, a dilemma which clearly had an effect on the players' happiness at the club.

With Di Maria struggling to maintain a high level of consistent form during his time on the pitch, other players in the squad thrived off being given game time. Ashley Young, Marouane Fellaini and Juan Mata took full advantage of their opportunities, impressing on regular occasions, making it a whole lot more difficult for Van Gaal to pick Di Maria when he was fit.

A bizarre red card for Di Maria in the FA Cup quarter-final defeat by Arsenal in March further deteriorated the players' chances of being picked in the starting eleven in the future. Once Di Maria returned from his suspension, he was used a substitute for the next six games, before eventually starting on the last game of the season when Manchester United hosted Hull City. However, typical to Di Maria's season, a hamstring injury forced him off the field after just 23 minutes, an appearance that looks as though it will have been the last time Manchester United fans see him in the clubs' strip.

Manchester United fans will look back on Di Maria's time at the club with a huge sense of disappointment. When he first arrived at the club for a British record transfer fee, United fans felt as though they may have brought in a player who could have a huge impact in helping the club dominate in Europe once more.


There is still an opinion amongst many that the club should keep hold of Di Maria for at least another season with the hope that he can return to the form he showed for Real Madrid during the 2013/14 season.

However, clearly if the player is not happy at the club, and with his family reportedly pushing for a move away, it is in the clubs' best interest to sell any player that does not want to be there. By cashing in on Di Maria now, Manchester United will still have around a month before the transfer window closes in order to bring in a replacement for the Argentine international, with Barcelona's Pedro being touted as the likely candidate.

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