Manchester United have this evening announced the signing of Ángel di María from Real Madrid in a new British record transfer. The fee was agreed yesterday and the Argentinian international flew to Manchester from Madrid to undertake a medical and agree personal terms, which were sorted out earlier today. It is understood that the player will now fly back to Madrid to say his goodbyes to his former team-mates, before flying back to Manchester to be officially unveiled as a player alongside manager Louis van Gaal in a press conference ahead of the Barclays Premier League match against Burnley on Saturday, where the player is expected to make his debut, possibly alongside fellow countryman Marcos Rojo, who completed his signing for United last week.
Di Maria, 26, born on Rosario, Argentina, began his career at his local club, Rosario Central, which is one of the most prolific academies in Argentina. He signed for Portuguese side Benfica in 2007 before he signed for UEFA Champions League holders Real Madrid in 2010. The Argentinian winger has played for his country 52 times, scoring 10 goals with his last match being in the FIFA World Cup Final against Germany in July, where the South American side ended the tournament as runners-up.
This is a statement signing by Manchester United, but also a signing that will cause problems for manager Louis van Gaal, good problems, the type that managers like. Where with Ángel di María play? I am sure the Dutchman has everything sorted out, or he would not have signed the player. We will be writing a Tactical Analysis piece on the Argentinian, to try and solve for ourselves where the South American winger will play. I am sure we will see for ourselves very soon.
Ángel di María, speaking of his move to Manchester United being completed, said:
“I am absolutely delighted to be joining Manchester United. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time in Spain and there were a lot of clubs interested in me, but United is the only club that I would have left Real Madrid for.
“Louis van Gaal is a fantastic coach with a proven track record of success and I am impressed by the vision and determination everyone has to get this club back to the top – where it belongs. I now just cannot wait to get started.”
Louis van Gaal, speaking about the signing of the Argentinian international, said:
“Ángel is a world-class midfielder but most importantly he is a team player. There is no doubting his immense natural talent.
“He is a tremendously fast and incisive left-footed player who puts fear into the most accomplished defence. His dribbling skills and his ability to take on and beat opponents are a joy to watch. He is an excellent addition to the team.”
The Argentinian international has signed a five-year contract with the Old Trafford club, meaning that he will spend the part of his career where players are considered at their peak. I am sure he will do well for his new club and he will be eager to pull on the famous red shirt for the first time. He will have to wait until mid September for his Old Trafford debut, against Queens Park Rangers where United will face former defender Rio Ferdinand.
Welcome to Old Trafford Ángel di María…