Manchester United legend Gordon Hill says the club should think about selling club record signing Angel Di Maria if they get an offer of £50m.
Di Maria started the season in scintillating fashion and created more goals than any other player for United this season but after the turn of the year, his form dipped remarkably and he was only used sparingly by manager Louis van Gaal after being sent off against Arsenal in February’s FA Cup tie between the sides.
‘Of course he could come good again if he stays. I thought he was brilliant in his first few games and I thought his goal against Leicester was the goal of the season for us. But he hasn’t reproduced the form we know he’s capable of,’ Hill said, speaking exclusively on the RetroUnited.com end of season podcast.
‘The fans would love him to. As a winger, I would love it – show us what you can do, go at them. But the defenders have been smarter than people realise. There’s nothing coming out of him that shows me he’s a Man Utd player. He’s got the ability but he gets frozen out of games. He’s learned that it’s much harder in England than in Spain where there are only about three teams.’
‘If an offer of £50m comes in, I wouldn’t hesitate, you could get someone in who works just as hard without any problem. For almost a quarter of the cost you’ve got Ashley Young who plays in the same position and does a better job.’
Hill’s words come after speculation that Bayern Munich and Paris St. Germain have reportedly expressed an interest, and stories throughout the season that Di Maria would have preferred a move to France.
Di Maria was the club record signing when he arrived last year for a fee of £59.7m from Real Madrid.