English Premiership

Di Maria signing not a mistake

2015-02-16 11:53
Angel Di Maria (Supplied)

Cape Town - Angel Di Maria's £59.7 million move to Manchester United was not a mistake, says two of the attacking midfielder's teammates.

The Argentina international has struggled to make an impact since his record move to Old Trafford but he should not be labeled a flop according to Michael Carrick and Ashley Young.

Michael Carrick sees a bit of Ryan Giggs in Di Maria and is praised the former Real Madrid star's attacking attributes.

"There are players who have got tricks and can drop the shoulder to go past players, but he is so direct in his play.

"It is almost like Giggsy used to be in many ways. When he picks that ball up he can carry it and change direction pretty quickly, so it is very tough to defend against – especially if he is going through the middle of the park.

"There aren't many players who go through the middle. You get wide players who do it, but you don't see many players dribble through the middle of the pitch."

Despite struggling to fit into Louis van Gaal's formation, Ashley Young insists that signing Di Maria was a major coup for the Red Devils.

"Angel was a fantastic signing," Young told United Uncovered.

"Real Madrid have other top players in their team, like Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo, but he was the one who stood out for me in that team last season.

"When you add quality to a squad that already has quality it can only help us.

"We saw in the first couple of days in training just how good a player Angel is and what we can expect from him. He was definitely a great signing for us."

Manchester United travel to face Preston North End in the fifth round of the FA Cup on Monday evening.

The match kicks off at 21:45.


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