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Is Angel Di Maria the Worst Signing in Premier League History?

Signed from Real Madrid last summer for an English record breaking fee of £59 million, Angel Di Maria was the supposed match winning type of signing that a lot of Reds had craved for years.

But after impressing in his first four or five matches for United it all went badly wrong for Di Maria, as a shocking drop in form, niggling injuries and an inability to fit in with manager Louis van Gaal's system rendered him at best ineffective and at worst a liability for most of the season.

As the winter months rolled in, even the once derided Ashley Young played himself into the team in front of the Argentine winger.

So why did Di Maria fail?

Legitimate questions have to be asked if he even wanted to come at all. He was effectively forced out of Madrid after being the best player in the 2014 Champions League Final.

It has been strongly rumoured that PSG wanted to sign him last summer, and that he wanted to go, but Financial Fair Play restrictions faced by the club prevented him from landing in Paris.

But now after a disastrous year in Manchester it appears that he will finally get his move to Ligue 1.

Can Van Gaal shoulder some of the blame for the wingers disastrous form? Did the Dutch boss simply fail to get the best out of what is undoubtedly a talented player?

Or is it a case of Di Maria being mentally fragile and not being able to shoulder the challenge of playing in a league as tough as the Premier League with a club like Manchester United.

The break-in he suffered at his house in January has been floated by some as the reason for his troubles, but the truth is that he was already under performing before that.

It's hard not to perceive him as a lily livered waste of space that simply didn't have the stones to play in a league that has more than one or two dominant teams and where you get tackled occasionally.

Talent wise he's terrific, but mentally he's been found wanting.

No matter how you look at it, if you compare the fee spent on Di Maria and the paltry return, he's up there with Andy Carroll (£35 million) and Fernando Torres (£50 million) as one of the worst buys in Premier League history.


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