Hunter revealed this transfer latest update whilst speaking to ‘BBC Radio 5 Live’ on Monday evening, as he suggested the Spanish giants are willing to sell the Argentine international in order to raise funds for the summer’s World Cup star James Rodríguez
Here’s three reasons why Di Maria is a must buy for the Old Trafford outfit:
Di Maria will bring a sense of pace and impetus to the Manchester United attack, a trait the side were desperately lacking throughout the previous campaign. The Real Madrid-man is extremely dangerous in possession, due to the creative powers that he possesses.
The Argentine midfielder totalled 17 La Liga assists in 27 starts last term, proving himself as the most innovative player in Europe’s top five divisions. He contributed a further five assists in the UEFA Champions League.
Furthermore, despite only scoring on four occasions in the league last season, he offers a significant goal threat when deployed in an advanced role. He scored seven goals during the 2012/13 season previously, converting 15.9% of his attempts.
Direct in attack
Di Maria’s greatest strength comes from his direct running and dribbling ability. There are few people who can match the threat posed by the Argentinean with the ball at his disposal.
His incredible foot-work was on display during Argentina’s World Cup matches and even the Champions League final. He is a maestro at keeping possession, whilst travelling past his opponents with sublime pace.
In Brazil thus far, he has competed an impressive 71% of his attempted dribbles, whilst drawing a total nine fouls. He would bring a more direct threat to a Red Devils attack that relied heavily on crosses into the box last term.
Louis Van Gaal is renowned for his tactical expertise and it’s becoming a difficult task predicting the system he will adopt upon his arrival at Old Trafford. Di Maria has proven over the past six months that he is capable of playing in a midfield trio or out in his natural position on the wing. He is an extremely useful asset, thanks to his versatility.
United’s lack of quality out-wide emerged as a talking point last season and, of course, Di Maria’s arrival would resolve this problem. The 26-year-old would provide the danger from the flanks that was sorely lacking in recent months, or alternatively, he could be shifted into the middle to form a solid trio with Juan Mata and Ander Herrera.
We’ve witnessed the impact Van Gaal has had on Arjen Robben during the summer World Cup, and the Dutch head coach could have a similar effect on Di Maria, should he complete a move. The Argentinian has the credentials to be an extremely dangerous Premier League player.