Last summer, Manchester United pulled off a deal for the season before’s Champions League man of the match, something which no one expected could happen given the Red Devils not being in the continental competition in the coming season. However, money talks (not to mention United’s name in itself) and the club signed Angel di Maria for British record fee.
The Argentinean was expected to light the Premier League on fire as he is one of the top attackers in the world at the moment and his price tag also asked for the same. However, he went through an extremely underwhelming season after starting extremely well and was eventually receded to the bench and was no more a sure shot starter by the end of the season.
Di Maria is now being targeted by Bayern Munich and PSG, who have recently lifted FFP restrictions from the club.
Former player Diego Forlan isn’t surprised at this and said that the Dutch coach doesn’t appreciate South American talents but Manchester United must stick with the player.
Speaking to the National, the Uruguayan said: ‘Di Maria looks happy and comfortable playing for his country, unlike when he plays for Manchester United in the Premier League.
‘Louis van Gaal has never been a fan of South American players, as my good friend Juan Roman Riquelme will tell you from his time under the Dutchman at Barcelona.
Van Gaal also had a habit of letting his South Americans leave when he was at Bayern Munich, yet United signed both Di Maria and Radamel Falcao, the Colombia striker, on huge money last summer.
‘Players are not robots and if there’s something wrong then their coaches need to find out what the problem is. Di Maria is worth the effort. He offers something different from almost every other player.
‘United will regret it if he leaves. He should be given another season to prove himself and United should try to understand him better and trust him.
‘Great coaches and great players don’t always get on and not every player fits into rigid systems, but Di Maria is worth persisting with.’