Paul Scholes has been singing the praises of Manchester United winger Angel di Maria.
Argentina international Di Maria has been arguably the best player for the Red Devils so far this season.
The £59.7 million summer signing from Real Madrid has scored three goals and created 18 chances in six Premier League appearances, while having pass accuracy of 81%.
Scholes, a United legend, is impressed with Di Maria and compares him to his former teammate Ryan Giggs, who is currently the club’s assistant manager.
However, the former England international points out one flaw in the 26-year-old’s game: he gives away the ball a bit too much.
‘Much will depend on the fitness of Angel Di Maria on Sunday’, Scholes wrote in The Independent. ‘I love the way Di Maria plays, although I would prefer he gave the ball away a little less.
‘One quality is that he will always try to ensure that what he does has end product, be that a shot or a good cross. And if it does not work out for him, the disappointment passes in a second and he demands the ball again.
‘He reminds me of Ryan Giggs, who never allowed himself to be fazed on the pitch. If a cross or a shot did not work the first time, he was always sure that it would do so the next time or the time after that. It is a vital quality to have in a creative player’.
Di Maria is likely to overcome the knock he picked up against West Bromwich Albion at The Hawthorns on Monday and start against Chelsea at Old Trafford in the Premier League on Sunday.
The former Benfica star has already exhibited just how important he is to manager Louis van Gaal’s plans and will be a major threat to the Chelsea defenders.