The excitement surrounding Angel Di Maria’s move to Manchester United still hasn’t died down inside Old Trafford but once again the Argentine struggled to impose himself on the game playing wide in a 4-3-3 formation against Crystal Palace.
Di Maria thrived in the diamond formation in matches against QPR, Leicester and Everton but has been crowded out and consistently marked out of the game in recent weeks.
The midfielder-cum-winger has proven his worth to the team by contributing to goals against West Brom, Chelsea and today against Palace despite not being influential on the game as a whole.
The Argentinian international’s struggles haven’t escaped the minds of many United supporters either who appear concerned that the current system implemented by Louis van Gaal isn’t suited to the club’s star man.
Enough of this Di Maria on the wing nonsense. It’s nonsense.
— TatianaMUFC (@TatianaMUFC) November 8, 2014
Di Maria needs to play on the right or through the centre.
— Sam (@SamCaddy) November 8, 2014
From now on, no more Di Maria on the wing. @ManUtd
— Dave (@OleOleUnited) November 8, 2014
Ancelotti must be laughing watching Di Maria being wasted on the wing…
— Bert (@MUtdBert) November 8, 2014
There’s no doubting Angel Di Maria looks more at home playing in a central position at Old Trafford but whilst the current 4-3-3 formation offers much more protection to a fragile defence the ex-Real Madrid man may have to make the most of his winger role.
Indeed, Manchester United fans look at Di Maria’s role in Real Madrid’s second goal in the Champions League as a taster to what the club record signing can do on the left but they’re yet to see it in a red shirt. And until the defence looks more consistent it might be a while before Van Gaal returns to the diamond formation that suited Di Maria best.