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Why does Angel Di Maria want to leave Manchester United?

The False9
19.98K   //    06 Feb 2015, 22:40 IST
Manchester United’s Angel di Maria celebrates a league goal against Everton in October 2014

According to the Daily Star, Angel Di Maria is not happy at Manchester United and wants to leave the club he joined in the summer. His house had been burgled recently and reportedly he and his family are staying at a hotel with his wife too afraid to return to their house. But surely this might not be the primary reason for the Argentine star to leave Manchester United.

Van Gaal’s tactics have been downright confusing this season, from the widely used 3-5-2 to the strange formation United played against Cambridge, United fans have had a frustrating season. After years of Ferguson’s teams playing 4-4-2 in the league and very successfully at that, suddenly for the past two years, the Old Trafford faithful have been treated to a very boring style of play.

Reduced to a tactical misfit

Angel Di Maria one the most exciting players to watch has been reduced to a tactical misfit at United. Played up front or as a wide winger, he has not been played in his favoured position. His best season was last year with Real Madrid when he played as part of the middle 3 in a 4-3-3. Di Maria needs to run at players from deep,this is when he is at his best. Playing up front doesn’t allow him to make use of his best abilities.

Di Maria in his last season at Real Madrid (possibly his best season till date) played in the  Left Central Midfield position in Real Madrid’s 4-3-3 formation. The Argentine was essential in negating the main tactical flaws of Real Madrid. In defense, he was able to provide the energy and physicality to provide the defensive cover for Modric and Xabi Alonso, so Real Madrid was not overrun in central midfield. 

When Ronaldo chose not to track back and mark the opposition’s Right Fullback, Di Maria left his midfield position and marked the attacking Fullback, thus negating Real Madrid’s two main defensive weaknesses.

Also Manchester United not playing in the Champions League means Di Maria can’t play at the highest level in Europe. With no guarantees that United will be in the Champions League next season, Di Maria might leave if United don’t finish in the top 4.

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The False Nine is a blog completely devoted to the fascinating and intriguing world of football tactics for the ordinary football fan. Over the past two years, the blog has gone from strength to strength including getting nominated for "Best New Blog-2011" at the Nopas and the Best Overall Blog at the European Blog Awards-2013.
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