The Chicharito-Di Maria dilemma at Manchester United: Where will they be next season?
Louis van Gaal has a dilemma to deal with. The times are finally starting to change over at Manchester United in lieu of the most recent acquisitions made by the Red Devils. Manchester United have bolstered their ranks significantly for this new Premier League season, which begins August 8th.
The likes of Morgan Schneiderlin and Bastian Schweinstieger have obviously arrived at Old Trafford to aid United’s lacklustre midfield. Morgan and Bastian’s arrival along with the exodus of Nani and Robin van Persie to Fenerbahce shouts out that Wayne Rooney will be returning to his position as a forward.
The Red Devils will pair Rooney with their new Dutch winger Memphis Depay and Matteo Darmian will bolster the Red Devil’s already leaky defence. Questions have been raised recently on the future of two of Manchester United’s attacking options; Javier Hernandez and Angel Di Maria.
The Di Maria Dilemma: Will he stay or depart?
The most recent reports regarding Angel Di Maria showed growing interest by the French giants PSG. The Parisians and United seem to be closing in on a deal any day soon with the final sum tallying around £40-£46 million. The rumors are swarming the media after Angel Di Maria was not present in San Jose with the team in their most recent friendly against FC Barcelona.
Usually when players fail to appear when called on by the club it shouts many possibilities. One possible scenario is that in light of reports, Angel Di Maria could be indeed finalizing a deal with PSG and come sometime this week be draped around the city of lights in a dark blue jersey with “La Tour Eiffel” on the crest.
Another possibility is that Di Maria could be taking an extended break, after all the Argentine winger did compete for Argentina in the Copa America before he was injured in the final match against Chile. The third and other scenario could be that Angel missed the flight on purpose to expedite his upcoming departure from Manchester.
Summing things up, Angel Di Maria will more than likely be playing for another team come September.
Hernandez to MLS or West Ham?
Javier Hernandez has really been the big question currently lingering around the Manchester United squad. Chicharito has in fact traveled with the Red Devils to their pre-season tour in the United States. Although Hernandez did not play in Manchester United’s 3-1 win against FC Barcelona, the Mexican striker has been at the centre of a lot of transfer speculation all over Europe and surprisingly here in Major League Soccer.
The most recent transfer rumor circulating Javier comes from Major League Soccer’s Orlando City. With Giovani Dos Santos now at Los Angeles Galaxy, the move for Javier Hernandez to continue his career in Orlando could prove to be profitable for him, Orlando City and Major League Soccer.
Many journalists have also placed two London based clubs that would behoove the club to attain his services. West Ham United and Tottenham Hotspur are the two London clubs who seem to be interested in Hernandez’s services.
West Ham United are under the new leadership of Slaven Bili? and the Hammers will be looking to add to their attacking lineup. Tottenham, who finished fifth last season mainly thanks to one Harry Kane, will be looking to add to their attacking options since the likes of Emmanuel Adebayor and Roberto Soldado have proven to be rather woefully abysmal for the “Tottenham cause.”
Hernandez to return home or maybe even stay with the Red Devils?
In fact, there are inklings of Hernandez returning home to Mexico. Club Guadalajara Chivas owner Jorge Carlos Vergara has gone to state that Mexico’s Liga MX would rather see Javier return home instead of playing in Major League Soccer.
There are also talks of Hernandez potentially staying at United since the only attacking options at United are Wayne Rooney, Memphis Depay and Juan Mata. However with Memphis being an attacking winger/midfielder and Juan Mata an attacking midfielder, keeping Javier Hernandez as another striker to partner with Wayne is an actual possibility for United head coach Louis van Gaal.
There are many possibilities looming over Angel Di Maria and Javier Hernandez and their future at Manchester United. Angel Di Maria’s future is about almost certain that it will not be in a red jersey in England.
Chicharito on the other hand is the “million dollar question.” Especially since the concept of adding depth to United’s attacking lineup since two have already left with another about to leave Old Trafford any day.
Written by Gio Franco