Di Maria Injury Could Throw a Spanner in the Works for Manchester United

Scott RomFeatured ColumnistJuly 7, 2014

MADRID, SPAIN - FEBRUARY 13:  Robin van Persie (L) of Manchester United duels for the ball with Angel Di Maria of Real Madrid during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 first leg match between Real Madrid and Manchester United at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on February 13, 2013 in Madrid, Spain.  (Photo by Jasper Juinen/Getty Images)
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While his injury isn't quite as newsworthy as that of Neymar, the possible absence of Angel di Maria for the rest of the World Cup will certainly be headline news in Argentina.

The Real Madrid player was substituted in his country's win over Belgium in the quarter-final after tearing muscles in his right thigh when striking the ball.

Dominic Fifield wrote for The Guardian about reports from Argentina suggesting that the injury is far worse than the manager, Alejandro Sabella, initially thought.

While this news is bad timing for Argentina, it's also bad timing for Manchester United, who had apparently been keen to wrap up a deal for the winger sooner rather than later.

David Wright of The Express claimed that United were prepared to offer £40 million for the player who is surplus to requirements at Real Madrid. They already have their eye on Monaco's James Rodriguez, who has been one of the most impressive players in this summer's World Cup for Colombia.

Having already secured the transfers of Luke Shaw and Ander Herrera this summer, United are presumably still several players short of finalising a squad that can improve considerably on the dreadful seventh-place finish of last season.

While Shaw and Herrera have thrived at smaller clubs last season, Di Maria has shown he can do it on the biggest stage. Real Madrid and Argentina are up there with the best club and international teams in the world, and Di Maria has earned his place in both.

However, it doesn't appear as though the player is desperate for a move away from the club, with his response to transfer rumours reported in The Express.

"For now, I’m just thinking the World Cup," he said. "We'll see what happens with Madrid and if they want to continue. Honestly, I know that there are offers and interested clubs."

With his World Cup now in doubt, maybe Di Maria can start thinking about his future instead. Although, depending on the extent of his injury, his inability to pass a medical could mean he has little choice about where he plays next season.