Former Arsenal ace Paul Merson says he feels sorry for Angel di Maria.
Former Arsenal star Paul Merson says he feels sorry for Manchester United's Angel di Maria.
The Argentine had another unproductive display in the win over Sunderland, and has just two assists in his last 10 games.
The expectations on the club's record signing are far higher, and di Maria is not playing with confidence.
Merson told SkySports: "Manchester United played better the other day against Sunderland, but there’s still something big missing there. It’s another opportunity for Angel di Maria to defy the critics. His confidence is so low, and you feel for someone when you can see it so clearly.
"This is the hardest league in the world and his struggles have proved it. He played in a team at Real Madrid who beat everyone, and the opposition often gave up at 2-0 or 3-0, and now he’s come over here and found it tough."
Di Maria is not the only one failing to click at United, with fellow summer addition Radamel Falcao unable to influence games as he once did in La Liga.
Responsibility also falls on manager Louis van Gaal to get the best out of Di Maria, but his solution was to substitute him off at half-time. During his 45 minutes he had not registered a shot on target or recorded a single dribble.
The Red Devils could do with him hitting form as they enter a crucial phase of the season. They are looking over their shoulders with Liverpool charging up the table, having already been overtaken by Arsenal, while they have an FA Cup clash with the Gunners next Monday.