Angel di Maria was supposed to be Premier Leaguea s next big thing, and Manchester Uniteda s X factor to having a successful season this time around. It hasna t been the case. Even though di Maria has been far from a a flopa in the traditional sense, when one compares to his exploits with Real Madrid in the recent past, his contributions in the Red Devils shirt have not been as convincing. Of course, one can always claim that at Real Madrid, the Argentinean had the likes of Ronaldo, Benzema and Bale on his side while at United, he has the likes of Valencia, Young and the faded Robin van Persie. Still, a bigger individual contribution from the former Benfica player was expected.
Since making the switch from Spain in a A?59million transfer record British transfer last summer, the attacker has been withdrawn early by Louis van Gaal on many occasions and the Champions League final man of the match last season, doesna t look too settled in England at the moment.
There have been links that di Maria could move on to PSG only after one year with the Manchester club. The French giants were interested in the 27 year old last summer as well, but the Argentinean international opted to move to England after PSG couldna t pull the deal off due to financial reasons. The player even spoke on the matter and didna t rule out a move in the future.
a PSG, I think they had a money problem and they couldna t buy players,a Di Maria said in an interview with French broadcaster Telefoot.
a This is the main reason I didna t go there. Playing in the French league would please a lot of players. Now Ia m in the English league. But you never know, there is a lot of movements in football. You can never predict where youa re going to playa .
According to The Sun, the 27-year-old wants to prove he is not a flop, despite struggling since his A?59.7 million move. A “source” told The Sun, “None of this business about PSG is coming from Angel and he has no interest in going there. It is true things have not gone as he would have liked so far, but he is determined to make it work at United.”
Manchester United fans will definitely be happy with these reports since there have been constant links that the Argentinean will make the move away from the club in the summer. Despite being dubbed a flop, Di Maria has three goals and eight assists in the league, a very decent number for any attacker, especially one who is new in the league. Yes, he hasn’t had the immense and immediate impact in terms of stats as one would have expected, but one only expects things to get bigger and better from here and staying at Manchester would perhaps prove to be the best decision for the player.