Diego Simeone lauds Real Madrid star Angel di Maria

Angel Di Maria Argentina

In the latest Manchester United transfer news, Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone called Angel di Maria a 'game-changer'.

Real Madrid have hardly been impacted by the continual omissions of Sami Khedira from 18-man match-day squads, however, the manner in which Los Blancos were able to attack local rivals Atletico Madrid was markedly improved when Carlo Ancelotti made a substitutions that introduced Angel di Maria to Super Cup first leg at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu last night, Tuesday.

Di Maria has been perpetually linked with a transfer away from the club, with Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United in a potential tug-of-war over the €65 million rated Argentine.

"The game changed with Di Maria," commented Atleti boss Diego Simenoe after the 1-1 draw. "It's logical - he's the best player they have," he added.

Di Maria's running was intelligent, fast and direct. By introducing the 26-year-old in place of Luke Modric, the shape of Real's midfield altered somewhat and suddenly the Champions League holders became far more dangerous.

It may have only been a cameo appearance, but it was precisely the type of display that will have fortified Manchester United's desire to recruit the player - despite his potentially exorbitant combined transfer fee and wage demands.

However, his impact may well make Ancelotti reconsider the player's available status in the current market.

Simeone concluded: "He's the player most likely to create openings in the opposition half."

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