Angel Di Maria was not a failure at Manchester United, just the wrong type of player

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Angel Di Maria has reportedly completed a medical in Doha ahead of sealing a move to Paris Saint-Germain. As a result he has been subjected to resentful comments from United fans across the world, with United's former defender Rio Ferdinand branding the winger a failure.

"He will now always have on his CV that he was a failure at Man United," Ferdinand was quoted as having told ESPN FC.

"As a professional, I wouldn't want something like that on my record. If I could rectify it by staying and trying to prove myself, I would have done that."


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Di Maria arrived at United last summer to much fanfare from the Old Trafford faithful. They finally had gotten the Glazers to do what they had been calling for all those years; spend big.

Fresh from a man-of-the-match performance in the Champions League final, Di Maria was what United needed, at that moment in time. His first few games showed glimpses of what the £59.7million man was going to offer.

His lovely chip against Leicester City was absolute class and was arguably United's goal of the season. He was scoring and assisting goals, just what he was brought to Old Trafford to do; everything was going to plan.


The most frequent word from Louis van Gaal last season, as most would have noted, was 'philosophy'.

Quite a simple word, but it seemed to elude most of the players, including Di Maria, in terms of meaning. Simply put, the manager wanted the team to play in a way that did not suit the Argentine.

He was deployed in the middle and at times as an isolated centre forward. He could no longer perform to his strengths, which include making quick incisive runs on the wing and beating players with his pace and skill. That's when his form started plummeting.

His usual style of play was considered risky by the manager. Ironically it is such kind of play that makes great players; the courage to take a gamble to produce that one exemplary pass or even a goal. Van Gaal though desired a more settled manner of performance, something which can prove difficult for a player at 27 when he's forced to change.

Di Maria may not have enjoyed a stellar season at United, but it is far too harsh to brand him a failure, especially when ignoring other factors that contributed to his departure, including a home intrusion that left his family shaken.


Di Maria's talent and qualities are unquestionable and he may be what PSG need to challenge for the Champions League. It won't come as a surprise if he enjoys a good career at the French capital, even if there remain those who believe he flopped at Old Trafford.

United fans, do you think it's right that Di Maria be branded a failure for his Old Trafford form? Let us know your thoughts in the comments box below.

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