Louis van Angel has a dilemma on his hands regarding his huge summer signing.
Angel di Maria’s loss of form is mainly due to the fact that his home was broken into whilst the Argentine and his family were present, causing inevitable distress to his partner, that is the opinion of Martin Samuel from the Daily Mail.
Di Maria has failed to live up to his impressive start to the season, when he hit the ground running upon his record breaking move to Old Trafford and it seems as though the Champions League winner has failed to settle in England.
The risk is always present when signing a player from abroad on huge sums of money and big clubs continuously bank on the players and their significant others settling in quickly.
Martin Samuel has cited the case of the case of Manchester City’s Alvaro Negredo who couldn’t hack life in England despite enjoying a successful season on the pitch, the Spaniard pleaded with the club to sanction a move back home on deadline day, which Pellegrini accepted despite the obvious negative consequences on the club.
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“The player would not be human if he was unaffected, particularly as – like Negredo – he is still learning to speak English and must already feel quite alone,” Samuel said.
“Manchester City came to the conclusion that Negredo was lost to them, and only a return to Spain would solve his problems.
“Manchester United may decide this is also the case with Di Maria — but have so much more to lose, financially, if he departs at the end of the season.”
The hierarchy at the club maybe hoping that a new home (Di Maria’s house has since been put up for sale), and more time may benefit the situation but history suggests that the only way to solve the problem of an unsettled foreign start is to sell – a costly reality for Man United.