Manchester United supporters were full of excitement when the club announced they’d signed Real Madrid attacking midfielder Angel Di Maria for a club record of £59.7 million.
But after just one season some believe that his time at the club may already be coming to an abrupt end.
Manager Louis van Gaal has been working on a formation that will get the best out of his newly assembled squad, but unfortunately for Di Maria the team have been playing well without him. A suspension he received back in March meant the Dutchman had to rely on a different system, which coincided with United going on an unbeaten run.
The Argentine started the season in good form, but as time has gone on his relevance at the club has become debatable. He has made 30 appearances so far this term, and if some of the media reports are right then he only has another four possible games left as a Red Devil.
There are a number of clubs that have reportedly shown an interest, but Paris Saint Germain seem to be the favourites for his signature. After winning the Champions League with Real last season it is unlikely that he would join a club without European qualification and PSG are about to crown their campaign with the Ligue 1 trophy, therefore qualifying for the tournament.
[ffc-gal cat=”manchester-united” no=”5″]
The French champions are used to winning their domestic title but are still struggling somewhat to make a proper impact in the Champions League, going only as far as the quarter-finals this season. A small summer clear out is expected to include forward players Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Edinson Cavani, meaning that manager Laurent Blanc will need to restock those attacking roles.
According to the Mirror, they will offer around £45million to take the winger off of United’s hands, which will be a loss for the English club but will mean the Red Devils won’t have to pay Di Maria’s huge wages if they no longer have a need for him.
But the fact is that they do need him.
Just because United are having success with the upfront pairings of Ashley Young, Marouane Fellaini and Juan Mata doesn’t mean that there isn’t room for Di Maria. If Di Maria was playing at his best then he would surely push one of those three out but for the last few months things just haven’t been clicking at Old Trafford for the Argentine.
But with it being his first season at a new club in a league in which he has never played in before then failing to impress is not uncommon and when the campaign started he was every inch the player United had hoped he would be.
Where Radamel Falcao has been terrible across the entirety of the season, Di Maria has just failed to recreate his early performances in the latter stages of the campaign.
United need to give him another chance, especially with Champions League football on the horizon. When that campaign gets going they are going to want a player with Di Maria’s experience and talents among their ranks, rather than having to play against him if he does indeed sign for PSG.
United need to nurture him and in time he will get back to winning ways.