Spanish football expert Guillem Balague is of the opinion that Manchester United have overpaid for Angel di Maria.
The Argentine joined the Red Devils this week in a £59.7 million move from Real Madrid and Balague, a Sky Sports pundit on La Liga, believes that he is not worth that much.
In a question and answer session on social networking site Twitter, Balague stated that United’s ‘handicaps’ in their current squad had forced them into doing a deal – even though the price was above market value.
Regardless of the cost, Di Maria’s transfer to Old Trafford has given the club’s supporters a much-needed boost after a worrying start to the season.
United were expected to be resurgent under new boss Louis van Gaal, but few signs of improvement on last season's form have been shown so far.
The club are yet to win in the Premier League – after losing to Swansea City and drawing with Sunderland – but their ultimate humiliation came this week when they lost 4-0 to League One side MK Dons in the Capital One Cup.
It was a defeat which has hoisted further pressure onto this United squad which looks to be struggling with confidence issues at the moment.
Di Maria, though, is a player who can improve this and has proven he is one of the best players in the world over the past season.
The all-action attacker was a star of Madrid’s campaign in 2013-14 and many were surprised that the Spanish giants sold him this summer.
Balague clearly feels that they got a good deal for the Argentine star, although he backs Di Maria to be a success at Old Trafford.
United intend to make some of the expensive outlay that they expended on Di Maria by selling some of their fringe players.
One of the current players who is set to leave before the end of the month is Javier Hernandez, and Balague has revealed that he could be set for either Valencia or Juventus, with United happy to let him go.