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Transfer flashback: Angel Di Maria to Man United

Transfer flashback: Angel Di Maria to Man United

On the 16th of August 2014, Manchester United announced that Angel Di Maria had completed his move for a British record fee of £59.7 million from Real Madrid. 

The Argentina international made his debut against Burnley and then went on to bag his first goal for the club against Queens Park Rangers, which contributed to him earning the Man of the Match award.

A lot of supporters were pleased with the club’s decision to splash the cash on the attacker, as they took to Twitter to express their opinion on the signing.

Angel Di Maria started his career at Rosario Central before moving to Benfica. He made a name for himself in Portugal by scoring a number of goals and providing a countless amount of assists, which caught the eye of Spanish giants Real Madrid who snapped him up in June 2010.

He enjoyed arguably his most successful years at Real Madrid as he managed to secure a number of trophies, including the Champions League, as well as scoring 36 goals and providing 85 assists in 190 appearances.

Indeed, after witnessing his excellence over in Spain, Manchester United wasted no time in bringing him to the Premier League as they broke the record for the highest fee ever paid by a British club at the time, which saw him join the Red Devils for £59.7 million.

Interestingly, He was given the number 7 shirt at Old Trafford, which was previously worn by club legends such as George Best, Bryan Robson, Eric Cantona, David Beckham and Cristiano Ronaldo.

The 30-year-old made his debut against Burnley and then went on to bag his first goal for the club against Queens Park Rangers, which contributed to him earning the Man of the Match award. But, things went downhill after October as an injury halted his progress, and a bad run of form upon his return made things worse.

It’s safe to say that he looked very promising during his early days in Manchester and had all the ingredients to become a future star in the Premier League. But, things just didn’t work out as he turned out to be a huge disappointment, especially considering the large fee that was paid.

So, it comes as no surprise that fans were so excited to see him as he had all the potential and quality, but supporters will feel extremely letdown after tipping him for such great things upon his arrival. And, he’s now known as a villain at Old Trafford as he goaded the fans and celebrated after grabbing a goal and an assist recently during United’s Champions League first leg tie with Paris Saint-Germain.

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