Angel Di Maria’s Argentina form hard to copy at Manchester United, says Hoddle

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The former England boss also says it will be difficult for the player to replicate his Argentina form at Old Trafford.

Writing on Kicca, Glenn Hoddle says it will take “a lot of things” to happen before Angel Di Maria can replicate his Argentina form for Manchester United.

The winger endured a tough first season in England in 2014/15 and eventually finished the campaign on the bench, but has been starring for his country in the Copa America, with a particularly fine performance at the semi-final stage seeing him bag two goals and an assist.

There is increasing speculation that United manager Louis van Gaal will look to cut his losses on the Argentine this summer, and Hoddle says it will take a lot for him to find his international form at Old Trafford but they will be getting a more confident player back after this summer.

“A lot of things are going to need to happen in his favour at United for him to play the way he does for Argentina,” he wrote on Kicca.

“But he might well have a very good second season with Manchester United, as it was clear he didn’t settle off the pitch in his first season. If Angel di Maria does well again in the final as he did in the semi-final then Manchester United will be getting a very confident player when he returns to Old Trafford.”

A need to improve consistency

Before his move to Old Trafford, Di Maria played a key role in Real Madrid’s Champions League triumph the year before, racking up the assists in both Europe and La Liga.

And it seems Hoddle hasn’t give up on Di Maria producing his best for United just yet, even going as far as to offer his advice on where the player should look to improve next year.

“He has to improve his consistency, and I feel he is very, very one footed,” he added.

“So it might be a difficult decision to be made if United were offered the right money they might be tempted to sell him. He might turn out to be the player we all thought he was going to be, if he finds his level of consistency in his second season with United.”

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