He doesn’t fit Van Gaal’s 3-5-2 system
All the talk during Manchester United’s pre-season was the Dutch manager’s intent on playing the successful 3-5-2 system that resulted in the Netherlands making it to the World Cup semi-finals.
And although United’s first two league games didn’t go as planned, it is very likely Van Gaal will stick with the formation for the time being.
This brings into question how the coaching staff will utilize Angel di Maria, who (as a winger) is too attack minded of a player to play wing-back. At Real Madrid he was deployed as a central midfielder to great effect, but Real had the composure and tenacity of Xabi Alonso and Luka Modric behind him.
If he does play in the middle with two other central midfielders supporting him, then there will be a problem for…