When Manchester United bought Angel di Maria, it was a signal of intent. He was the best player on the pitch in the Champions League final the previous season, and Cristiano Ronaldo was dismayed to see his friend leave the club.
But his year at United was a complete flop. He didn’t want to be there, and Manchester just wasn’t his first choice. PSG was. A year later he finally got his move, and Manchester United fans are looking jealously over to the French capital as PSG are finally getting the best from one of the world’s best players.
Di Maria is lighting up Ligue 1, which is hardly the most difficult thing in the world to do, but the way in which he’s doing it will make people sit up and take notice.
He scored two goals against Angers at the weekend – one a sublime chip, stunning in its delicacy, and the other an obscene no-look volley that looped over the goalkeeper and smashed into the net.
What a goal from Alli over the weekend but I can't stop watching Di Maria's absolute peach for PSG against Angers https://t.co/52PQhr2peq
— BetVictor (@BetVictor) January 26, 2016
And then again in midweek, the Argentinian was ripping it up once again, this time in the semi-final of the French League Cup, with another wonderful strike.
Last season, Paris Saint-Germain won every trophy on offer in France, a domestic treble as well as the Trophée des Champions, the Community Shield-style curtain-raiser. This season, after adding Di Maria, they are unbeaten in the league, already 21 points clear (!), and will face a Lille side – who find themselves only three points above the Ligue 1 drop zone – in the League Cup final. If there’s ever such a thing as a safe bet, betting on PSG is it.
But, Manchester United fans – and fans of literally every other club in France – there is at least some hope that Di Maria is human, and that PSG are fallible after all. Whilst the goal is a superb strike, this attempt in the first few minutes is much less so.
Just in case Man United fans were fretting, Angel Di Maria also did this last night pic.twitter.com/XrYWtN9ZV6
— 101 Great Goals (@101greatgoals) January 28, 2016
As the rapper Drake would say, he might be too strung out on compliments and overdosed on confidence!