Ander Herrera praises Angel di Maria’s dribbling qualities

by Richard Laverty

Ander Herrera has poured praise on new team-mate Angel Di Maria despite the former Real Madrid midfielder currently struggling for form at Old Trafford.

Di Maria joined Manchester United for a club record fee in the summer and instantly became a hit with the fans, adding a new dimension to United’s play.

The Argentine scored three goals in his first four league games United but has failed to register a league goal since, only adding an FA Cup goal against Yeovil to his tally.

Although he has had a run of poor form, Di Maria is second in the assist table behind Chelsea’s Cesc Fabregas and Herrera has been impressed with the midfield star.

“Di Maria was the MVP in the final!” smiled Herrera, who acknowledged that the Argentinian has had to tweak his style, dribbling less and passing more.

“He is maybe the best in the team one-v-one – and Januzaj as well. Now we have a manager who wants to keep the ball, who wants to play one or two touches.

“Angel is doing very good because sometimes he prioritises to play one or two touches before (ahead of) his quality. He puts the passing first. I think Louis van Gaal wants him side to side, and after that the space is coming and he can make one-v-one.”

Di Maria’s United career reached an all-time low against Sunderland on Saturday when he was substituted at half-time after another poor display.

The 27-year-old saw his house burgled last month and his dip in form could be related to having to move his family to a local hotel but given his fee and the important run of games ahead of United, fans will want to see the best of the midfielder sooner rather than later.

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