Gary Neville has defended the form of Manchester United record signing Angel Di Maria with the Argentine suffering a crisis of confidence at Old Trafford.
Di Maria joined United in the summer of 2014 for £59.7m and had a superb start to his career in England, scoring three goals in four, including a stunning lob against Leicester City.
But in the following six months, Di Maria has added just one goal to his tally which was a late strike against Yeovil Town, although he is second in the assist league behind Chelsea’s Cesc Fabregas with eight.
After being subbed at half-time against Sunderland, Di Maria looked like a shadow of the Real Madrid star, but Neville is prepared to give him the benefit of the doubt.
In his latest column, Neville wrote: “So he has come to United when he did not want to leave Madrid, has suffered the trauma of a burglary, and started to work for a new manager while playing in a team that is still in a ‘storm’ phase of development.
“All of those are factors that would go some way to explaining why Di Maria has struggled after his bright start, but I feel as though I have a parrot on either shoulder, with one telling me to give the benefit of the doubt because of those reasons while the other is saying that, actually, the time has come for a £60m player to deliver.”
Several supporters believed it was harsh for Di Maria to be brought off in the 1-0 win at Newcastle, the winger was at the heart of every chance United created but he was once again hooked for Adnan Januzaj.
Whilst United fans will want to see more for £60m, patience will be given to Di Maria given the quality he has shown in the past and surely will do again.