Point to prove
It’s a bit of a cliche, perhaps, but, if he does join, Dybala will arrive at United as a player with a point to prove.
The Argentine looked set for stardom not so long ago after emerging at Palermo and earning his big move to Juventus, which many will have seen as a possible stepping stone towards a future move to a Real Madrid or a Barcelona.
It hasn’t quite worked out for him, with Cristiano Ronaldo’s signing last summer no longer making Dybala the focal point of the team – a role in which he thrives.
He would surely not have the same trouble being the main man in this United side, with the club able to give him the platform he needs while he also gives them the type of player they’ve been missing for so long.
If Dybala can find the motivation to join the Red Devils, he should be relishing the opportunity to prove Juve wrong as they seemed to give up on him.
What better stage than the Premier League to prove you do deserve to be regarded as one of the best in the world?
Angel Di Maria comparisons wrong
Picking up an Argentinian cast-off who doesn’t really want to be at the club? Many on Twitter have pointed out the similarities to this potential deal and the one United did for Angel Di Maria back in 2014.
We all know how that one worked out, but we’re not sure it’s actually that useful a comparison to be making, for a variety of reasons.
Biggest worry here has to be whether is fully convinced by the move, or being coerced into it by his club's desire to sell. Same thing happened with Angel Di Maria. https://t.co/i6QYvDTq8d
— Daniel Storey (@danielstorey85) July 30, 2019
— ?? Kev ?? (@GlazersOut111) July 31, 2019
to me the Dybala deal is akin to Angel Di Maria. ADM did no want to move to United. he was dumped by Real. Its the same case here. Juve are getting a player they want and we are getting a player they dont want.
— srikanth menon (@srikanthmenon) July 31, 2019
Firstly, many people forget that Di Maria actually started very brightly for Man Utd before disappearing for the second half of his single season with the club.
The former Real Madrid attacker no doubt struggled playing under Louis van Gaal, who for some bizarre reason failed to settle on one position for one of the finest attacking midfield players in the world, using him as a centre-forward on one occasion.
Di Maria was also the victim of a burglary midway through that season (as reported at the time by the BBC) and a shock like that in one’s personal life is bound to affect confidence and perhaps lead to desire to move away as quickly as possible.
The scare could well have scarred Di Maria and his family and all too often we forget how important sound mental health is to doing our jobs well. Something like that would majorly affect all of us and footballers are no different just because of the huge sums they earn.
Hopefully Dybala could avoid these issues in Manchester, as he would surely get a decent amount of attacking freedom under Solskjaer in comparison to the super-controlling Van Gaal with Di Maria.
Let’s see how this saga develops in the coming days…