Angel Di Maria: A ‘proper’ Manchester United player

Last season Manchester United struggled all-year long under the guidance of our previous manager David Moyes. The Scot was intent on the passing game and keeping the ball moving, and he particularly had a fondness for getting the ball out wide and crossing it into the box – sadly for him, it didn’t work out and wasn’t very successful.

It seemed like he didn’t have a plan, and it seemed like he bought players for buying players sake, including the likes of Marouane Fellaini and Juan Mata – Both superb players when used in their correct positions.

We’re now under the guidance of Louis van Gaal, who’ll consider every possible angle before making a purchase.

The Iron Tulip decided to break the club, and British transfer record bringing in Angel Di Maria to Manchester United – arguably Real Madrid’s best player last season. This signing was a signing of intent and purpose, but it was also a tactically astute business deal in the sense that it was a player we desperately needed.

It has been an awful long time since we’ve seen a player like him, and I wouldn’t hesitate to suggest that he’s the finest player we’ve seen grace the Old Trafford turf since a certain Cristiano Ronaldo.

Everything Di Maria does is positive, and the only thing he has in mind is to attack. He’ll run at the defence from minute one to minute ninety, and the positivity in his play is an absolute joy to behold. Theres none of this pass back nonsense, he’ll find a way to go forward and strike fear into the opposition.

Look at his debut against Burnley. Despite being played out of position in the centre of midfield, a total lack of match fitness and no understanding with his new Manchester United teammates in terms of a language barrier and on the field, Angel Di Maria was the best player on the park by a country mile. He finds passes, and executes those passes in a way that others cannot. He has the vision, tactual nous, and ability to cut open the opposing back line with one killer pass, or one speedy run.

Onto the game against QPR. Within the first five minutes he was running down the right-hand side, beating players at will before finding an inch perfect pass to Robin van Persie’s head. Alright, it may not have resulted in a goal but the intent was there for all to see.

Onto his first goal: It came out of absolutely nowhere. QPR conceded a free-kick midway inside their half, and it looked there there was no danger whatsoever. However, a beautifully weighted, floating ball, flew past everyone and nestled nicely into the bottom corner – perfect technique.

As the match wore on, Di Maria didn’t stop driving the team forward. Once again, he picked the ball up inside his own half and just kept running. He beat two QPR defenders, before cutting the ball inside to Wayne Rooney, who eventually found Ander Herrera and made it 2-0.

The next piece of inspiring play came in the second half. Di Maria was flying down the right hand side, before executing another superb ball with the outside of his boot to Robin van Persie – the kind of balls our Dutchman thrives on. Sadly, it didn’t end in the net being bulged by our striker, but the partnership and understanding is already being formed.

The Manchester United fans’ excitement could be felt in and around the stadium, and every time Di Maria touched the ball there was a expectancy that something magical was about to happen. Angel Di Maria is one special player, and I personally feel privileged we get to watch him work his magic week-in week-out.

The scary thing is that Angel Di Maria probably isn’t fully match fit, and isn’t anywhere close to the finished article in terms of bonding with his teammates on and off the pitch. This lad is only going to get better over the duration of the season, and we’re lucky enough to watch it unfold right in front of us.

Do you think Angel Di Maria will prove to be the signing of the summer? Leave your thoughts in the comment box below.

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