Speaking to radio station Al Primer Toque, Ancelotti pointed out Di Maria’s loss of control and focus during crucial stages of a match.
“Di Maria stole matches with his energy he has, but sometimes he lost control and failed in some important passes”.
“I wasn’t nervous when Alonso and Di Maria left. I already got Toni Kroos”.
The Argentinian was one of the best players at Real Madrid, ending last season with the most assists of any players at the club. Rumours of him being sold even led to senior players like Cristiano Ronaldo and Sergio Ramos trying to persuade chairman Florentino Perez to reconsider his decision to sell the flying winger.
But the sale eventually went through, with Manchester United manager Louis Van Gaal not willing to pass up on the chance to sign one of the best players in the world of football and United willing to pay a club record fee of £60 million.
Di Maria has had a bright start to life at Old Trafford, having already recorded 3 goals and 5 assists in 9 appearances so far.
Marouane Fellaini says he felt like a scapegoat
Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini has spoken out about life under former manager David Moyes, and how it was difficult last year for him to win over the fans.
The Belgian, signed for £27.5m in the 2013 summer transfer window from Everton, found it tough to overcome injuries and a slow start with the club struggling to get results under David Moyes. United eventually finished 7th, and Moyes was sacked less than 10 months into the job, with Ryan Giggs taking over as interim manager for the last few games of the season.
When quizzed whether he felt that he was being made the scapegoat, Fellaini replied, “Yes, a little bit”.
“I didn’t lose faith in myself. You have to be strong in the head. The mentality is important. My family helped me through it.
“I was also in the national team for Belgium at the World Cup and I played well and the team also played well. For my confidence, that was important. I came back after the summer confident.
Fellaini has found favour with new manager Louis Van Gaal, with the Belgian starting both matches against Chelsea and Manchester City following his goal-scoring performance against West Bromwich.
And the Belgian only expects things to get better once he is fully match fit.
“I am fit now and that is why I am better. When I am super fit, I will be better, I am sure.”