Date:1st March 2015 at 4:46am
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It’s been a while since this smile… The time for excuses for Angel Di Maria has well and truly arrived as the winger’s inept performances can no longer be ignored – even by the United manager. Yes, Di Maria has a decent assists record for the season- but when you look at his form over the past few months it’s blindingly obvious all is not well for the Argentinean.

After the recent win over Sunderland – during which Louis Van Gaal substituted Di Maria at half time for Adnan Januzaj who proved far more effective than his more expensive team mate.

Van Gaal confessed:

“I want to win. I have to observe and analyse. We were better in the second half so I cannot say it was the wrong decision.

“We have to give [Di Maria] time to adapt and lift his confidence again. He’s a human being and makes mistakes like everyone else.”

It’s far too early to throw Di Maria under the bus but the lack of impact in many games can no longer be ignored for United’s record signing.