Paul Parker: Angel di Maria must leave Manchester United

by Ben Topliss

Former Manchester United full-back Paul Parker believes struggling Angel di Maria must leave the club in order to salvage his career.

Di Maria joined Man United in a £59m move last summer but has struggled in recent months and was dismissed in the FA Cup quarter-final meeting with Arsenal on Monday night.

An attempted burglary at the player’s home in Cheshire has also left Di Maria concerned about his family’s safety and the Argentine recently put the house up for sale.

Parker feels Di Maria will only get back to his best if he moves on from United with Arsenal, Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain all realistic destinations for the 27-year-old.

Speaking about Di Maria, Parker said: ”The only way it is going to work out for Di Maria, the only way he is going to get back to being the player he was before, is to move on.

“The way things are going at Manchester United, he is not going to progress as a player because the team are playing horribly and you can’t see how that situation is going to change.

“There are persistent rumours of a move to Paris Saint-Germain in the summer and I certainly don’t think it’s impossible. You can’t really afford to get a £60m transfer wrong because you are not going to get a return on your investment, and if United sold him at the end of the season they’d lose £10m, minimum.

“If you look at the kind of teams who could spend £50m, they all, with the exception of Manchester City, are much more naturally suited to a player like Di Maria. PSG would suit him nicely, as would going back to Real Madrid.

“In England, Arsenal are the best fit for the way they shift the ball around quickly in midfield, but even Chelsea would be a better home for him than United as they are a bit more expressive now.”

Di Maria’s form at United has been a source of worry for United fans but many said they were confident he could turn it around.

However, that was prior to the game against Arsenal where Di Maria received two needless yellow cards in the space of a minute after tugging at the shirt of referee Michael Oliver.

It was doubly frustrating for fans given he had played well during the match, setting up Wayne Rooney’s goal with a wonderful whipped ball into the box.

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