Le Tissier: Manchester United need patience with Di Maria

by Ben Topliss

Sky Sports’ Matt Le Tissier feels any calls for Manchester United to sell Angel di Maria are premature and that the Argentinian winger should be given more time.

Despite some purple patches in form, Di Maria has underwhelmed in his first season having joined as Man United’s club record signing for £59.7m from Real Madrid in the summer.

It has led to some reports Di Maria could leave in the summer and although they have been denounced by Louis van Gaal, the possibility can’t be entirely ruled out because anything goes in football.

However, Le Tissier doesn’t believe it’s the right thing to do and thinks it’s too early to judge him.

“United need a bit of patience – there’s been talk of selling Angel Di Maria and getting Gareth Bale in, but I’d like Di Maria to be given more time,” Le Tissier said.


“He’s only had one season and I don’t think people should be so quick to judge him on that, some players just take a little longer to adapt than others and maybe we’ll see the best of him next season.

“United should instead look about getting a top quality right-back and a top-drawer centre midfielder. I’d expect there to be two or three more additions, but I don’t think it’ll be as big a scale as last summer.

“They’ll possibly look about getting in one more major forward – I’m not convinced Radamel Falcao is the answer to the problems in front of goal that they’ve been having of late, and Robin van Persie doesn’t seem to have much left in the tank either.”


It’s unlikely United will force Di Maria out of the club so soon after investing £59.7m in bringing him to Old Trafford but it goes without saying that the winger simply has to improve and live up to his price tag.

At the start of the year Di Maria was absolutely unstoppable and he wasn’t even fit enough to complete games. If they are the sorts of performances he can do on a regular basis next season, he’ll be one of United’s most important players.

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