Old Trafford once again linked with player incorrectly labeled as the next CR7.
Manchester United are considering a fresh approach for Benfica’s Angel di Maria. United, who enquired about the £20 million-rated Argentina international in December, were among top clubs whose scouts saw the winger score a hat-trick in a 4-0 win over Leixoes. (Times Online)
There are those who feel that Angel Di Maria is the best thing since sliced bread and that the Argentine could be set to become the next “Cristiano Ronaldo” but then there are those who feel that the Benfica youngster isn’t even close to emulating the former Old Trafford hero and that any valuation placed on his head is ludicrously over inflated. I would say that I would place myself in the second category.
The 22 year old winger is by no means a bad player, in fact on a couple of occasions I have seen him in action I have been impressed with some of his play but for me Di Maria is very much style over substance. The kind of player a team can consider a luxury, and on many occasions the former Rosario man fails to deliver.
His Portuguese employers are fooling no one with their “we have no intention of selling” line because they then follow up these strong denials with talk of huge player release clauses. If they really didn’t want to cash in on the attacker then they would simply say “not for sale”. After three seasons in the Portuguese league Angel Di Maria hasn’t helped Benfica to any significant silverware but this term they are threatening to win what would be only their second domestic title in 16 years which for a club the size of theirs is a calamity.
Sir Alex is a manager with far too much intelligence to make such a move for a player who is still yet to make an impact. Previously the Manchester United boss has had success with picking up youngsters from the Portuguese leagues but he has done so with players far younger than Di Maria and I don’t see him taking a risk and making a big money move for a player who for me is far more of a show pony than a potential Premier League success.