Manchester United are awful and this playmaker needs to leave, claims ex-defender

Angry Louis van Gaal

Former Manchester United and Chelsea defender Paul Parker believes Angel di Maria needs to leave the club to save his future.

Former Manchester United and Chelsea defender Paul Parker claimed in his Eurosport blog that the Red Devils are currently playing like they should be bottom of the 'one of the worst leagues in the world' and that Angel di Maria needs to leave in order to salvage his reputation. 

In his weekly blog, following United's defeat to Arsenal, Parker laid into Louis van Gaal and blamed him fully for the form and frustration of World Cup finalist Di Maria. 

''A year ago he [Di Maria] was coasting with Real Madrid and on his way to winning the Champions League,'' reflected Parker. ''Now he's at a team who are playing like they are bottom of one of the worst leagues in the world. United are awful.

''The only way it is going to work out for Di Maria, the only way he is going to get back to being the player he was before, is to move on. The way things are going at Manchester United, he is not going to progress as a player because the team are playing horribly and you can’t see how that situation is going to change.''

Are United playing that badly and should Di Maria look to move on after just seven months with the club? 

The constant comments from critics berating the performances of Van Gaal's side aren't going away, and probably won't for some time. 

At the minute, the Red Devils' main objective will be finishing in the top four. If they do it by winning every single game 1-0 from now until the end of the season, Van Gaal will rightly have very few concerns about how his team have performed during that time. At least, not until pre-season starts. 

The performances, while they are not outstanding by any stretch of the imagination, have been scrutinised far too much and Parker's comment just exemplifies that. The Dutchman is experienced enough to know what is to be expect and he will know that improvement will have to be made if he is to raise the Premier League trophy at Old Trafford during his tenure.

As for Di Maria, the Argentine has perhaps played twice as many good games this season than he has bad. Unfortunately for him, as former England manager Graham Taylor once said, you are only as good as your last game. 

As the star buy for the club in the summer and the expected catalyst behind a title push, the transition for 27-year-old had to be quick and it had to be this season. At the start he performed admirably and won the plaudits, but as the season has progressed, the former Real Madrid man has suffered a slump and hasn't been given a moment's respite since he started to struggle. 

The ability of the player, like Parker states, is not in doubt. The only factors that are in doubt is how long this slump will last and how can he come out of it. Therefore, any talk of a summer exit for the player in order to save his reputation is hyperbole in the extreme. 

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