United had to pay big for Di Maria as they're desperate, says former Gunner

Ray Parlour believes Manchester United had no option but to pay big for Di Maria as they need his quality.

Ray Parlour says that Manchester United have to pay Real Madrid’s asking price for Angel Di Maria as they are desperate for additions.

Di Maria is expected to complete a transfer to United in the near future, but the price of his transfer – reportedly as high as €90 million – has seen questions raised over whether the Red Devils are getting value for money in signing the Argentine.

Parlour, though, says that United were forced into paying the inflated fee as they have to seek additions to their squad.

The former Arsenal player said to Sky Sports: “At the end of the day Man United need players and these other clubs who they’re sniffing around and saying ‘we need players in from your club’, the price is always going to go up because they are desperate for players.”

United’s start to the season has led to further questions being raised over the quality of their current side.

After slumping to a seventh placed finish last campaign, they were expected to be resurgent under Louis Van Gaal, but so far there has been no signs of a turnaround.

The side lost to Swansea City on opening day and struggled to a draw with Sunderland yesterday – as the experienced Dutch coach still searches for his first win.

Van Gaal had previously insisted that the first three months under his leadership would be tough, but most expected United to be showing more signs of form than they have so far.

It means that they have gone on the hunt for quality and Di Maria will definitely add some much needed class.

Indeed, Parlour agrees that the 26-year-old midfielder’s arrival at Old Trafford will help them improve.

“You look at Di Maria, he has got the good work rate in him, he’s got plenty of assists as well in La Liga, he’s a player that can score goals.

“I’m sure he will bring a lot of quality to the team, but the system, it will be interesting to see what he does if he does come to Manchester United and see what he can bring to their side.”

Di Maria made 17 goals for Madrid and scored four times during their La Liga campaign last season and will be under pressure to emulate those sort of figures in England.

United need him to perform if they are to break out of their slump, but he comes into the team with momentum on his side.

Di Maria was one of Madrid’s star players last year, even if Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale took most of the headlines, and his imminent departure is quite a shock – despite a number of big names additions at the Bernabeu this summer.

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