Real Madrid’s willingness to sell Angel di Maria may have knocked his confidence a bit, but the Argentina international winger has regained that at Manchester United.
Even before the 2014 World Cup kicked off in Brazil in June, reports were circulating in the media that Madrid were open to selling Di Maria.
The Argentine star may have been a key player in their 10th Champions League triumph in May, but Los Blancos president Florentino Perez thought that he was expendable.
With World Cup winner Toni Kroos and the tournament’s Golden Boot winner James Rodriguez arriving from Bayern Munich and AS Monaco respectively for big money, Di Maria was sold to United for a staggering £59.7 million.
Di Maria is universally acclaimed as a world-class footballer who can play as a winger and as an attacking midfielder, but being let go by Madrid after arguably his best season to date (2013-14) must have been tough.
But the former Benfica star seems to have overcome that disappointment and is thankful to United for showing him the faith that Madrid did not.
‘I will prove my worth at Manchester United’, The Independent quotes him as saying. ‘I will become a much better player. Manchester United will benefit from that.
‘What I like about this club is they have so much faith in me and that gives me confidence going forward. I think they know that I will give it everything on the pitch and watch Manchester United rise again’.
Di Maria has already made his debut for United, playing for 70 minutes in a goalless draw with Burnley at Turf Moor in the Premier League last weekend.
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The former Madrid star’s performance was encouraging (although not very productive), and he built on that in midweek for Argentina, scoring one goal and providing three assists in their 4-2 victory over Germany in a friendly international in Dusseldorf.
United fans will hope that when Di Maria returns later this week, he will continue to perform like that.