Paul Scholes believes Angel di Maria was the Premier League’s biggest disappointment in the 2014/15 season alongside Liverpool’s Mario Balotelli.
Having become the club’s record signing at £59.7m, a lot was expected from Di Maria and his first few games in a Man United shirt indicated he would quickly repay his fee because he was in blistering form at the start of the season.
However, that form was short-lived. The Argentinian suffered a series of injuries and had his house burgled, all of which contributed towards Di Maria’s startling dip in form.
Writing in his latest column for the Evening Standard, Scholes made it clear how disappointed he was with Di Maria: “A good start but, for £59.7m, the hope was that he would give United much more.
“I accept he has had problems off the pitch settling into life in Manchester, but there is no way he can see the season as anything other than a disappointment. This was, after all, the best player in last season’s Champions League final.
“Nevertheless, the quality is there and I don’t think United can afford to lose him. They need that kind of player if they are to compete at the highest level in the Champions League. Let’s see what next season brings.”
Scholes has never been afraid to speak his mind and this latest piece, which is sure to frustrate more than a few United fans after his Di Maria comments, is no different.
It’s going to be interesting to see what happens with Di Maria over the summer and whether he remains at the club but as Scholes alludes to, players of his ability are what United are going to need if they are to compete in the Champions League next season.