Paul Scholes doesn’t feel there is enough good feeling flowing around Manchester United’s players right now and singled out Angel di Maria by saying he looks unhappy in comparison to his Real Madrid days.
With 13 points from a possible 30 in the opening games, United have not had the best of starts under Louis van Gaal but individually, Di Maria has been excellent.
Despite that, Scholes doesn’t believe the morale among United players is good enough right now.
“I am also worried that the mood among the United players seems a bit low key,” Scholes wrote in his Evening Standard column.
“Preparing for the game in Madrid this week, I watched re-runs of last season and Angel di Maria smiling broadly as he celebrated goal after goal with Cristiano Ronaldo. He doesn’t seem to be in the same happy mood at United. It feels downbeat among the team. All this, and yet the third and fourth places — with respect to the likes of Southampton and West Ham – really are there for the taking.”
Scholes’ criticism is wide of the mark in that United’s battling performances against Chelsea and City show the polar opposite of a team riddled with downbeat players.
Instead of collapsing away to City with ten men, they took the game to them and were almost rewarded with a point. The same goes for Chelsea but that had a better conclusion thanks to Robin van Persie and Di Maria. If United were that downbeat, there’s no way those performances would have happened.
As for Di Maria being unhappy, it’s not what fans have seen of him so far at all. He looks delighted to be playing for United, not the other way around, so it’s strange to hear Scholes suggest he isn’t as happy as when he was at Real Madrid.