What a difference a year makes, this time last Summer the potential signing of Real Madrid’s Angel Di Maria has United fans crowing at the prospect of the man who helped Los Blancos achieve La Decima. Today’s announcement by the club that the winger has signed for Paris Saint Germain has been greeted with a mixture of relief, joy and anger – at his attitude rather than the fact he’s leaving- by Reds around the world.
On the surface it looks like a bad deal for United, after all Di Maria is a huge talent- despite his failures- and taking a reported £44 million for a player that cost £59.7 million less than a year since the Reds signed him is hardly a successful move. If we think about it rationally, getting upwards of £40 million for a player who obviously doesn’t want to be anywhere near Old Trafford is good business, especially when we reflect on just how poor Di Maria was towards the end of his time at the club.
United announced the deal on the official website with the statement: “Di Maria is now embarking on a new challenge and the club wishes him all the best for the future.”
A sentiment perhaps not echoed by all the fans…