Unless we see the a turnaround of Fabian Delph proportions then it’s safe to say we won’t be seeing Angel Di Maria playing in a United shirt anytime again soon. The Argentine’s stint at United will arguably remembered as a complete failure- after all it looks as though the Reds are about to take a huge loss on his fee- but let’s not forget the first half of Di Maria’s spell at the club had fans waxing lyrical about his talents.
Di Maria dazzled when he arrived from the Santiago Bernabeu with performances that even had more than a few of us making Cristiano Ronaldo comparisons. It looked as though United had made a shrewd investment spending nearly 60 million quid on the former Real Madrid star- but then things went downhill- and stayed that way.
Up until the game against Arsenal at the Emirates Di Maria was flying and giving the Reds hope that with a few more additions United weren’t that far off a title challenge. Since that game in North London, the performances, goals and to a lesser extent assists dried up.
We only have to look at the above picture to see that in his final fourteen games the Reds’ record signing managed no goals, four assists and 19 chances – not a record that shameful granted, but hardly the return you’d want at the business end of the season from a player you’ve spent a huge sum on. Di Maria could dazzle in the French league and to be fair to him, he was affected by an attempted break-in at his house in Manchester- but there comes to a time when you have to either put up or shut up and for whatever reason it’s obvious the winger lost his mojo with the Reds.
Hopefully we won’t regret the decision to cut our losses.