The 26-year-old Argentine international has certainly won over his boss and the Madrid supporters this season.
Following the arrival of Gareth Bale in the summer and his place alongside Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema in the Real Madrid frontline, it had been reported that Angel Di Maria was perhaps heading for the Madrid exit door.
Predominantly a winger, Di Maria was left with two options – to either force a transfer, or to be used sparingly as back-up to the ever-present Cristiano Ronaldo or new signing Gareth Bale. Surprisingly, neither happened.
The former Benfica star’s form in the absence of the injured Gareth Bale was so good that boss Carlo Ancelotti was forced to find him a new role within the team. With Luka Modric and Xabi Alonso sitting in the middle of the park, Di Maria had been given a free role to roam from midfield – to which he has done to devastating effect.
In 22 La Liga starts, he has notched up ten assists and played more than 70 key passes – more than Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo combined.
During Sunday’s 4-3 El Clasico defeat to Barcelona, Di Maria was arguably the best player on the pitch – assisting Karim Benzema on multiple occasions.
Successful pundit Gary Neville was watching El Clasico and marvelled at Di Maria’s devastating wide play. The former Red Devil became accustomed to Manchester United’s philosophy of getting the ball wide as quickly as possible, and drew parallels on Twitter to Real Madrid and Di Maria’s fabulous counter attacking play:
Bale / Di Maria and Ronaldo counter attacking and WIDE play is devastating!!— Gary Neville (@GNev2) marzo 23, 2014
“@RudiiHartonoDT: Di Maria is in accordance with the philosophy of UTD Absolutely! Don't breach philosophy ever!— Gary Neville (@GNev2) marzo 23, 2014
Unfortunately for Manchester United boss David Moyes, the Real Madrid star is surely now off the market.
But with a big summer coming up, perhaps watching Real Madrid cause such havoc – despite losing 4-3 – will persuade Moyes to invest heavily in some exciting new wide players and carry on with the Manchester United philosophy.
Would a signing in the mould of Angel Di Maria be what David Moyes needs at Old Trafford?