Angel Di Maria stated Manchester United had been “the one membership” he would have left European champions Actual Madrid for after finishing a British document £59.7million switch on today in 2014.
Argentina worldwide Di Maria signed a five-year contract and was handed the quantity seven shirt beforehand worn by membership greats George Finest, Bryan Robson, Eric Cantona, David Beckham and Cristiano Ronaldo.
The substantial price eclipsed the £50m Chelsea paid Liverpool for striker Fernando Torres in 2011.
Di Maria additionally grew to become the sixth costliest participant on the planet, topped solely by Actual Madrid signings Gareth Bale, Portuguese Ronaldo and James Rodriguez and Barcelona pair Luis Suarez and Neymar.
He arrived at Previous Trafford on the again of serving to his nation attain the World Cup last in Brazil, the place they had been narrowly crushed by Germany after extra-time, and a man-of-the-match efficiency in Actual’s Champions League last win over metropolis rivals Atletico Madrid.
Huge-spending United boss Louis Van Gaal additionally introduced in Luke Shaw, Ander Herrera, Radamel Falaco, Marcos Rojo and Daley Blind that summer time.
The skilled Dutchman – who had not too long ago been appointed following the unsuccessful reign of Sir Alex Ferguson’s successor David Moyes – described Di Maria as “world class”.
But the high-profile signing struggled to dwell as much as that billing throughout an underwhelming single-season keep within the Premier League.
He made an encouraging begin – scoring thrice in his first 5 top-flight outings – however then did not register once more in his last 22 league appearances as United completed fourth.
In his defence, the participant did provide 10 Premier League assists and was removed from being the one Van Gaal signing to disappoint.
United’s all-time main scorer Wayne Rooney not too long ago instructed household circumstances and the burgling of Di Maria’s Cheshire house had been main components in his former team-mate’s failure to adapt.
The 20-time English champions took successful of round £15m on Di Maria when he was bought to French membership Paris St Germain for £44.3m in August 2015.
Previously a league champion with each Benfica and Actual, the 33-year-old has remained with PSG ever since, lifting 4 Ligue 1 titles and ending as runners-up in final season’s Champions League last.
He has additionally scored 21 targets in 111 caps on the worldwide stage.
Van Gaal’s Previous Trafford keep lasted only a season longer. Regardless of profitable the FA Cup, he was sacked by United in 2016 after the membership missed out on Champions League qualification.
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