3. Angel Di Maria
Real Madrid would be keen to sell, the player would also to be keen to play regularly for a top club like United i nstead of sulking on the bench at the Bernabeu. Angel Di Maria was the best player on the pitch at Lisbon in the Uefa Champions League three months back, and now the Argentine has become an outcast at Madrid. James Rodriguez’s World Cup heroics was enough for Fiorentino Perez to write another fat cheque, but Di Maria’s fall from stature and significance at the club can play into Manchester United’s hands. The pursuit of Angel di Maria appears to be a recent, opportunistic request by Van Gaal. After an outstanding season with Real Madrid, few would have thought he would be available this summer. It makes footballing, as well as economic sense, to cash in on Madrid’s overcrowded roster.
Di Maria can play as a winger as well as an attacking midfielder, a role in which he revelled in a midfield three at Real last season. And the Argentine would offer Louis van Gaal tactical flexibility with regard to formations. Di Maria, on his day, is arguably the best playmaker in the world, and possesses just the kind of spark Manchester United have been missing for some time now. Undoubted quality, availability and a marquee signing to make the fans happy, United could do their European ambitions a whole lot good if they rescue the Argentine from his Madrid misery.