Former Barcelona boss Gerardo Martino has reserved heavy praise for Manchester United star Angel Di Maria.
The Argentine international wreaked havoc against Martino’s Barcelona side last season, changing defence into attack at lightning speed and providing the ammunition for Ronaldo and Gareth Bale.
Over the course of last season, the former Benfica star claimed 17 La Liga assists and was hugely influential in Los Blancos’ Champions League success.
His style of play was perfect for the style implement at the Santiago Bernabeu under Italian coach Carlo Ancelotti, yet a battle of egos with president Florentino Perez meant his stay was abruptly ended.
The Red Devils were subsequently the lucky recipients, shelling out a club record £59.7 million for his services and tying him down on a five-year deal.
Now in charge of the Argentine national team, Gerardo Martino naturally can’t wait to link up with the 26-year-old as he told the press how United underpaid for the wizardry midfielder.
“I think that [the directors of United] bought him for cheap because he is a footballer who can easily adapt to many areas of the field. Playing inside or out, Angel is one of the most relevant Argentine players in recent history.” He said, quoted by the Spanish publication AS.
Di Maria made his United debut in the 0-0 draw at Burnley before scoring on his Old Trafford debut directly from a free-kick in the 4-0 thrashing of Queens Park Rangers.
He then went on to score a wonderful effort in the entertaining loss at Leicester City, a goal which was later voted as United’s Goal of the Month for September, and added to that tally against Everton on Sunday.