Manchester United Transfer Rumors: Angel Di Maria Shouldn't Be Chased

Dan Talintyre@@dantalintyreSenior Analyst IIApril 9, 2013

LA CORUNA, SPAIN - FEBRUARY 23: Angel Di Maria (2ndL) of Real Madrid CF competes for the ball with Ayoce D’az (L)of RC Deportivo La Coruna and his teammate Jesus Vazquez (3dL) during the La Liga match between RC Deportivo La Coruna and Real Madrid CF at Riazor Stadium on February 23, 2013 in La Coruna, Spain. (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)
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With Manchester United knocked out of the Champions League in the Round of 16 and in the FA Cup quarterfinals, expect plenty of action from the Red Devils over the summer transfer window.

They'll likely have won the Premier League, but with a poor showing in Europe, United will be desperate to boost their squad and build on their weaknesses for the near future—starting with some potential movers in and out of the club at the end of the season.

However, one move that they shouldn't be interested in trying to make is that of Angel Di Maria, whom United have been linked to lately via Charles Perrin of The Express:

Manchester United are still in the frame to sign Angel Di Maria in the summer. Di Maria's future at Real Madrid has been the subject of much conjecture, as he has frustrated his manager Jose Mourinho with his wavering performances.

United and Paris Saint Germain are both vying for his signature as they look to bolster their respective squads. Reports in Spain indicate that the two aforementioned clubs are the only two outfits likely to lodge a bid for Di Maria.

Real president Florentino Perez is open to letting Di Maria leave...

Whilst there is little doubting the talent of Di Maria and how good he can be at his best, the likelihood that Manchester United pursue the Argentinian over the transfer window is very low. And if there interest, it needs to be completely avoided for the sake of the current Red Devils squad.

United have a number of key attacking players and, more importantly, have a plethora of options out wide on the wings that they've used throughout the year. And whilst having depth is needed, adding in another winger isn't going to help anything for United.

The Red Devils are already struggling to field every player that they want to at the moment—adding in another player just isn't going to help that at all.

Wayne Rooney has been dropped back to more of an attacking central midfielder role this year, which has resulted in new signing Shinji Kagawa playing more out on the left flank. That, in turn, has meant that the likes of Ashley Young, Nani and Antonio Valencia have been forced to swap wings right throughout the season and hasn't given United a great deal of consistency. 

And that's without considering the other players who have featured out on the wings for the Red Devils this season, as highlights below:

Left Wing Apps. Right Wing Apps.
Ryan Giggs 5 Javier Hernandez 1
Ashley Young 14 Wayne Rooney 4
Tom Cleverley 3 Ryan Giggs 1
Danny Welbeck 6 Antonio Valencia 18
Shinji Kagawa 3 Nani 5
Nani 3 Anderson 2
Wayne Rooney 2 Tom Cleverley 1
Nick Powell 1 Ashley Young 3
    Danny Welbeck 4

Bringing in another winger (as good as he might be) would simply be madness for United, and it's something that they should avoid this summer.

Especially given how much they'd have to give up to get Di Maria.

The Argentinian-international is currently listed as a £35 million target according to Transfermarkt, and would surely see that rise given how important he is to Madrid and the success that they've had throughout Spanish and European competitions this year.

Di Maria's ability to cut in from the right flank, or attack it to be byline, and assist Los Blancos' attack is crucial to the way that they play.

Given the way he and Ronaldo switch wings as well, you could nearly make the argument he's a fundamental part of their attack.

Madrid aren't going to want to let that go, and if they are, they most certainly aren't going to want to let it go for cheap this summer, when they'll be desperate to win back the La Liga title from Barcelona.

Thus United will have to spend big in order to get him, and given the talent they already have out wide, it's hard to see that happening.

And like we've said, if there is real interest, then it's something that the Red Devils need to think very seriously about heading into the new year.

They spent £24 million to bring in Robin van Persie, but even that was a big call for a player with the proven track record that Van Persie has in the EPL. 

To spend £35-40 million then on a guy who has yet to do so in the English game seems just insane and shouldn't happen.

Especially given the wingers that United already have on hand. 

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