Angel Di Maria criticised by Real Madrid coach
Carlo Ancelotti has chipped in with his opinion of Di Maria after critical comments from Louis van Gaal
November 11th, 2014
Angel Di Maria smashed the British transfer record when arriving at Manchester United for £59.7million, with the Argentina winger enjoying a fast start after scoring the opening goal of a 4-0 win against QPR.
However, Di Maria’s form has dipped in the last few matches, with Louis van Gaal admitting that the player’s desire to dribble the ball led to the team being unbalanced during Saturday’s 1-0 win against Crystal Palace.
Carlo Ancelotti also thinks that Di Maria can blow hot and cold as a player, with the Italian asked to compare the former Real Madrid winger with James Rodriguez, the latter of whom recently arrived at the Bernabeu.
Ancelotti said: “People should think twice before saying that James can fill Di María’s boots because they’re very different players. Di María could take matches by storm with his energy, but he also used to lose control sometimes, misplacing important passes.”
This echoed the words of Van Gaal who had the following to say: “He has played in a very small space and he is a dribbler. But sometimes you cannot dribble, you have to make it a pass game and Di María is not a player who wants to give a pass every time he gets the ball Therefore he lost the ball a lot of times and that was not good for the balance of the team.”
Di Maria assisted Juan Mata’s goal to help United to three points on Saturday although many wonder if he’s the right sort of player to be recruiting as Manchester United look to rebuild their squad.