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Angel Di Maria says he is happy to be competing back in the Champions league after his move from Manchester United to PSG.

Angel di Maria
Di Maria moved to Manchester United last summer for £59.7 million, a British transfer record fee. But he suffered a difficult time there despite impressing in his first few appearances for the Old Trafford club.

Di Maria's relationship with Louis Van Gaal worsened as the season progressed and the Argentine was constantly played out of position. His sending off against Arsenal in the FA Cup tie worsened the situation and he was benched a lot after that incident.

Di Maria finally moved out of Manchester this summer after missing United's pre-season friendlies. But the winger is settling well into his new club and is enjoying playing in the Champions league again, even scoring a goal in his return to the competition.

Speaking to UEFA.com, he said that he missed playing in the UCL a lot.

He said that last year was pretty difficult for him as he could not play and his injury was really complicated. He added that not being able to compete in the UCL after having won it made it a pretty tough time for him.

He is also settling well at Paris. Speaking about it he said that it is really nice at PSG. He trains every day with a smile on his face and is happy to be there. His family is also feeling very good there from the first day they arrived and that makes it a lot easier for di Maria to focus on football.

Di Maria awaits a return back to Santiago Bernabeu when PSG face Real Madrid in the group stage of UCL this season, but insists that he will not celebrate if he scores.

According to Daily Mirror, Bayern Munich are eager to sign Angel Di Maria from Manchester United. The Red Devils are not willing to sell the player despite his poor season but could be interested if Bayern are willing to meet his record fee of £59.7 million.

Angel Di Maria
French champions PSG are also interested in signing the player but their hands could be tighten due to the FFP restrictions.

Di Maria could be tempted to join Bayern Munich after the player managed to score just 4 goals in 32 games for United. The Argentine has struggled to settle down in England and could prefer to join former Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola.

 The 27-years-old was dropped by Louis van Gaal after his stupid red card against Arsenal in their FA Cup defeat in March. The United manager only brought him back for Sunday’s final game of the season at Hull when he was forced off injured.

Cristiano Ronaldo for both Real Madrid and Manchester United
As a Manchester United fan I've seen many great players come and go, but none like Cristiano Ronaldo.  On 26 June 2009, Real Madrid announced that Cristiano Ronaldo would join the club on 1 July 2009, from Manchester United for £80 million (at the time making him the most expensive player). This news tore the hearts out of every single United fan, and ever since his departure the hole that was left really been filled. In the last few weeks, a set of United fans flew a banner over a Madrid game which read "Come Home Ronaldo". The pursuit to bring Cristiano back to Old Trafford began, but I'm one of few that do not want to see him in the red shirt.

In July 2008 (almost exactly a year before he left for Los Blancos) the Portuguese winger was quoted as saying "I am a slave". Prior to this, Ronaldo had made clear his desire to leave the then European Champions for Real Madrid. Sepp Blatter took part in some wonderful stirring of the Ronaldo transfer pot by saying "United should stop treating him like a modern day slave, and release him to Real Madrid". Ronaldo agreed with that statement and a year later was on a jet to Madrid, and didn't look back. Since leaving he's won one UEFA Champions League, one La Liga, two Copa Del Reys, one UEFA Super Cup, a Ballon d'Or, and scored the most goals in a single Champions League campaign during Madrid's la decima win.


He's won it all. Leaving Real Madrid simply wouldn't make sense for Ronaldo. He's scoring goals for fun in Spain, boasting a record of 269 goals in 257 appearances for the ten time European champions. His reputation is higher than ever and still climbing, at 29 he looks like he can still improve, a move to United though might indicate an end to his career. The move back to Old Trafford would be very similar to Didier Drogba's return to Chelsea earlier this year, especially if he fails to emulate his past form. It would be seen as the fairy tale return, but the end of CR7.

The no. 7 shirt is currently being occupied by Argentinian Angel Di Maria, so what shirt would he even wear?! United are in a transitional phase, and Di Maria is the star at Old Trafford now and has taken the mantle from Ronaldo (something many wingers have failed to do in the past). Ronaldo's return would show that the club and the fans are struggling to look forward, but are still reliant on face from the past. The Portuguese captain would be a massive boost to any team, but he isn't what you United need right now, albeit it may be what they want. A move back to Manchester would be more favorable towards the end of his career, but for now he should continue breaking records in the all white of Real Madrid. As he said so himself, "My future is Madrid, what matters is Madrid". Seems like he isn't set on trading the ‘Galactico Bernabeau’ for the ‘Theater of Dreams’ just yet.

Article contributed by: Kevin Santos

Twitter: @kevin5996

Manchester United signings 2014

At the end of the David Moyes era, United fans were in shock and dismay. After being dumped out of the Capital-One Cup at home to Sunderland (losing on penalties), preceded by a 3rd round FA Cup defeat again at home against Swansea, followed by a footballing lesson in the Champions League Quarter-Final stage against Bayern Munich, and then to top it all off finishing 7th in the Barclays Premier League, it’s fair to say Man Utd fans were worried. However, with new manager Louis van Gaal splashing the cash in the summer transfer window, have these new signings allowed United fans to forget about last seasons atrocities?

Although it’s still very early days into the season, a judgement can still be made about how Manchester United have done so far. After signing Angel Di Maria, Ander Herrera, Daley Blind, Luke Shaw, Marcos Rojo and Radamel Falcao (on a season long loan) Manchester United sent out a message to the footballing world, saying that they wanted their crown back. The David Moyes era had really tarnished the United name, and the aftermath of this was shown when Swansea were victorious in a 1-2 win at Old Trafford on the opening day of the season. £149 million later, along with the promotion of youth players Tyler Blackett and Paddy McNair, Man Utd sit pretty in 4th position.

Out of all the signings, Angel Di Maria seems to have made the biggest impact. You’d think that his £59.7 million price tag would be a burden on him, but it seems that he has been significantly empowered with his move to the 13 time Premier League champions. The greater majority would think that a move from Real Madrid to Manchester United would be a step down (especially after Madrid achieved La Decima) but for Di Maria, it seems to have only enhanced his development. At Madrid Di Maria was never considered “The Man” unlike Ronaldo, or Messi is for Barcelona. However, for the first time in his career Angel Di Maria is the superstar, the totem, the central figure of his team.


Di Maria has embraced his hefty price tag, and looks even more dangerous and empowering on the pitch than ever before. In the two matches that he’s played 90 minutes, he’s had more touches than any other player on the pitch. Three goals accompanied with three assists are statistical confirmation of a hugely impressive start as the new United number 7. As spectacular as his passing and vision may be, the greatest assets he brings to the Old Trafford faithful is his speed and direct running. David Moyes’ United were one-paced and boring, yet it may be said they were same during the last few seasons under Sir Alex Ferguson. All the great Manchester United sides have the common theme of speed and tempo, and Di Maria has started the restoration of that fundamental corner stone. He gives United a purpose and an urgency that has been missing ever since the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo, the last player that got United fans constantly out of their seats like Di Maria does.

Daley Blind is another player that mustn't go unmentioned. He is a player that the Manchester United midfield has been crying out for, for many a year. Blind can be defined as a continuity player for United, along with the responsibility of sniffing out danger and blocking all avenues that lead to his goal. He’s not a player that dives into tackles, or hacks players down, but rather one that leans more towards anticipation and interceptions. His brilliant football brain doesn't just allow him to read the game like a book, but also the vision to play a pass and execute it illustriously.

Herrera, Shaw and Rojo have all been impressive in recent matches (Shaw and Rojo especially against Everton) but Blind and Di Maria have been the stand out players, although doesn't get the recognition deserved. Am I saying that Manchester United are going to go on and win the League? No, but with a few more signings (especially in the centre-back and central midfield department) they can most certainly return to where they were back in 2013. Perhaps number 21 (United currently have 20 Premier League/Division 1 titles) isn't far from being obtained.

Article contributed by: Kevin Santos

Twitter: @kevin5996

United hosted Queens Park Rangers at Old Trafford on Sunday, and their record signing Angel di Maria inspired a morale-boosting 4-0 victory for the Reds to break their win less streak.

Manchester United's Juan Mata after scoring against QPR

1.) New formation = New United?

Louis van Gaal opted for a 4 man defense in this match, mainly because he didn't have enough defenders to play his 'preferred' 3-5-2 system, but the result and the dominant performance must have made van Gaal think a bit about which system he will implement when he has a fully fit squad. Though I still think the 'Iron Tulip' will try and make United fit into a 4-3-3 system.

2.) The Angel Effect

United's record signing, Angel di Maria, showed just why he is worth every penny of the 50 odd million which saw him leave Real Madrid to join Old Trafford. The Argentine, who is currently one of the best players in the world, was head and shoulders above everyone else on the pitch, and ultimately inspired his side to the 4-0 victory.

3.) The Blind-Herrera Partnership

It was finally incredible to see us actually competing in midfield for once, and that was down to Ander Herrera and Daley Blind's fantastic performances. While Herrera played his normal box-to-box role, Blind was always there to cover up defensively which also allowed di Maria to attack freely and go charging up trying to lead a counter attack. These two will be key players as the season progresses.

4.) A Good Midfield = A Good Mata

In the opening matches of the season, Juan Mata has underperformed to say the least. The Spaniard found little freedom in his preferred role and failed to link the defense to attack like he was supposed to. However, with a midfield of Herrera, Blind and di Maria, Mata performed his role much better and that was visible on the pitch. Additionally, he also scored a goal which would have given him a much needed confidence boost.

5.) Strikers still a bit rusty?

Whilst captain Rooney found the back of the net with a nicely taken goal, van Persie and loan signing Radamel Falcao still looked a bit rusty, with both missing a couple of good chances which would've undoubtedly been buried if they were in top form. It is hardly concerning though, I am pretty sure they'll be back to their best soon.

For a long time, Manchester United fans have been crying out for an overhaul in the transfer window. Although it never happened under Fergie, our wishes have been fulfilled in this window, with Louis van Gaal recruiting 6 new faces, 2 of which can be considered to be among the best players in the world. And although I am overjoyed by our transfer activity, the joy might not last because the high profile entries will most probably end up causing a couple of high profile departures. Do High Profile Entries Also Mean High Profile Exits?

United have bolstered their squad with world class players like Angel di Maria and Radamel Falcao
United have bolstered their squad with world class players like Angel di Maria and Radamel Falcao
With the amount of the attacking options we have right now, it wouldn't surprise me to see a couple of familiar faces leave. Due to the arrival of Radamel Falcao, we now have 3 world class strikers all fighting for a place in the starting line-up, meaning one will be left out on the bench.

Similarly, the number 10 role also has a couple of suitors at the moment. There have been theories saying that di Maria will take that role when Ander Herrera is back and available, whilst others have been saying Wayne Rooney will occupy that space.

No matter which way we look at it, the amount of attacking options we have is just ridiculous. In a sense, this is a good thing, because we now have the best attacking line-up in the league (on paper). The competition for places, however, could signal the ends of some Old Trafford careers, though.

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