Former Manchester United star Paul Scholes believes Angel di Maria embodies the downcast mood at the club.
The Argentina international cost United £60 million and had an impressive start, but has failed to step up in big matches against Chelsea and Manchester City.
United have won just two points from a possible nine over the last three games, and Scholes believes Di Maria's mood reflects his weary teammates, which he cites as a real concern for the club.
He told The Independent: "Preparing for the broadcast of the game in Madrid this week, I watched reruns of last season and Angel Di Maria smiling broadly as he celebrated goal after goal with Cristiano Ronaldo.
"He doesn’t seem to be in the same happy mood at United. It feels downbeat among the team. All this, and yet the third and fourth places – with respect to the likes of Southampton and West Ham – really are there for the taking."
Scholes' comments probably aren't helpful to his former club, as he continues his surprise media career, unafraid of who he upsets.
Di Maria's form has been slightly below par over the last couple of matches though, and heading into the match at Crystal Palace this weekend, manager Louis van Gaal, who himself doesn't escape criticism from Scholes in the same column, will surely be similarly keen to get the star player performing.
There is surely a simple reason Scholes didn't see Di Maria smiling; he didn't score, and his team failed to win. If United get back on track, he will soon see the Argentine's broad grin once again.