Nani become so so hopeless at corners, he would float them with no pace on the ball AND never beat the first man, I mean ok its awful to do either but both is just confusing, how can a professional athlete be so bad like I'm not exaggerating I could 100% do better.
Di Maria's corners aren't as bad they just never have height which is very strange coming from a player who last season was one of the best crossers of the ball in the world. Now football is a tough game but it's not hard to whip in a corner with height and pace, maybe they're trying to be too clever and aim for a certain player which would makes no sense even when considering we have so few capable headers of the ball in the team, like it really is just hit into a certain area between 6 and 12 yards from goal within in the width of the goal with a bit of hieght and pace, that's not really that hard especially for somebody of Di Maris quality.
It must be coming from training ground, Van Gaal from the looks of it has been doing to many passing drills and not enough set pieces as we've been so open when defending and our freekicks too have been terrible. The only good set pieces we had where defending against Chelsea which was only achieved through dodgy tactics and we still conceded from a corner
I think his free kicks are brilliant but his corners are woeful, I think it's probably something to do with his run up.
He takes a pretty long run up for free kicks but this isn't possible from corners at most grounds, in particular Old Trafford where there's a very short run off before a fairly steep bank. You can't really run up there to take a corner so you have to do it with a one step run up.
There was even a rumour at one stage that Ferguson had it done like that on purpose to stop sides who were good at set pieces.
To be truthful he can't be too happy at the minute. He must know himself his best position is in the middle of the park where he can influence games more. Being stuck out on the wing doesn't do himself or the club any good. But i'd put this article down as once again journalism exaggerating the facts.
Docs link also mentions swapping him for Bale. Any takers?
"I think it was a problem of money. They could not buy any players and I think that is the main reason I did not go to Paris. To play in a French club is something that would please a lot of players but today I play in the Premier League. But you never know. Could I join PSG in the future? Yes maybe. I am still young. In football, there is a lot of movement and I don't know how things will end up."
This is what he told in August:
“I am absolutely delighted to be joining Manchester United. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time in Spain and there were a lot of clubs interested in me, but United is the only club that I would have left Real Madrid for".
Yeah, and here's the same interview from another website:
Angel Di Maria has revealed that Paris Saint-Germain's spending restrictions prevented him moving to France rather than Manchester United last summer.
Di Maria was the subject of significant interest from the Ligue 1 champions before eventually moving to Old Trafford in a British-record £59.7 million deal, and the Argentine has subsequently made an impressive start to his Premier League career.
PSG were fined £50m and issued with a spending restriction last summer for breaching Uefa's Financial Fair Play regulations, and Di Maria believes this was the key reason why they had to pull out of the race to sign him.
“PSG, I think they had a money problem and they couldn’t buy players," the Argentine said in an interview with Telefoot. "This is the main reason I didn’t go there. Playing in the French league would please a lot of players.
"Now I’m in the English league. But you never know, there is a lot of movements in football. You can never predict where you’re going to play.
"There were a lot of clubs interested in me. A lot really. But Manchester United appeared and didn’t go away. They absolutely wanted me and it happened.”
Di Maria admits the possibility of moving to the French capital intrigued him, and has not ruled out the prospect of joining PSG in the future.
"It could have been a good experience for me to go to Paris," he added. “I know I’m still young, perhaps I’ll go to PSG one day. I don’t know how it will all end."
Real Madrid's decision to sell Di Maria after an impressive season and decisive display in the Champions League final caused consternation among many, but the Argentine insists he is happy with the way things have worked out.
“It’s a different style of football here at Manchester United," he continued. "I’m very happy. I don’t have regrets about leaving Real Madrid. I think I won everything I wanted with Real: La Liga, the Champions League and the Copa Del Rey."
Manchester United star Angel Di Maria has spoken of his friendship with Cristiano Ronaldo ahead of Argentina and Portugal facing off in Tuesday’s mouth-watering international friendly at Old Trafford.
Di Maria and Ronaldo became team-mates at Real Madrid in the summer of 2010 and forged an extremely successful relationship in the four seasons that followed, helping the Spanish giants win six major honours and the club’s 10th European Cup triumph.
In the December edition of Inside United, the club’s official magazine, the Argentinian playmaker discusses the conversation he shared with his Portuguese counterpart that convinced him to leave Madrid and join Louis van Gaal’s revolution at United.
“Before we knew I was coming to Manchester for sure, he told me it was a massive club and that I would be very happy here and it would be good for me,” Di Maria reveals. “At that time, we didn’t know for sure that I was coming or not, so we didn’t go into great detail, but what he did say helped me greatly to make my decision.
“It was a very big moment in my career,” the former Benfica midfielder continues. “Leaving a club like Real and coming to as big a club as Manchester United makes you grow as a player and helps you progress in your career. It was a very important moment and I’m really happy here. Let’s hope things go well for me so I can be here for many years.”
Di Maria - why the dip in form and where should he play?
Different opinions on his dip in form and his best position
Argentinian Coach Martino inferred that Di Maria has been a victim of his own early success.
'I have to say that Angel is one of the very top players in world football,' he said. 'His start was exceptional and the fact that generally when players go to a new club and have to get used to a new league, a new team, a different style of football and different team-mates, I think the form that he is showing now is possibly more typical of a player going to a new club than the very first few games when he burst onto the scene and did so well.'
Arguments rage as to how best Van Gaal utilises Di Maria, but Martino opted to turn that round; the former Barcelona boss believes the midfielder is capable of plugging any gaps needed in the north-west. There is a sense that trial and error may be the way for United to grow long-term.
With regards to his position, I would say that Angel is the type of player who can play a number of different roles expertly,' he added. 'You only have to look a few seasons back when he played on the right side for Real Madrid and in the season just gone, he featured more on the inside-left in a slighter freer role. 'Obviously, in the World Cup, he did very well when he played wide left so really, in terms of positioning, he can adapt to anywhere where the manager asks him to play.'
Angel di Maria may be dazed and confused from switching positions, but after playing in 52 games last season and then at World Cup, is the Man United winger simply tired?
What to do with a problem like Angel di Maria? The Argentine could probably play in as many as five different positions in a 4-3-3 and at least three in a 4-4-2 but at times his versatility becomes his own worse enemy as coaches fail to settle on his best position.
Ask Carlo Ancelotti where he is best suited and he’ll say on the left of a middle three in a 4-3-3 where he excelled for Real Madrid last season. Ask Argentina coach Gerardo Martino and he will say he’s best in a front three where he caused havoc against Germany in a friendly earlier in the season.
His versatility was his salvation at the Bernabeu. He had established himself as a right winger but when £86million man Gareth Bale came in to take that position, Di Maria reinvented himself as a box-to-box midfielder and finished the campaign as arguably Real’s best player. He still has all the attributes to play on the right wing; to hug the touchline and then come inside and shoot with his left foot. He can also play on the left wing and Jose Mourinho even had him down as a potential emergency left back such is ability to gallop up and down the flank. But last season with Bale breathing down his neck for the right-wing position and Di Maria slotted into a more central berth for Carlo Ancelotti and was a revelation playing on the left of a three that also included Xabi Alonso and Luka Modric.
Ancelotti’s decision to use him in midfield was bold. Di Maria had operated there before for Benfica but there were questions over whether he had the tactical intelligence and the positional discipline to work in the position. The doubts soon disappeared. He knew exactly when to cover the forward forays of Fabio Coentrao or Marcelo – Real’s two left backs – and he also knew when, instead of covering the overlapping full back, he himself needed to overlap.
Few players go through the gears so intensely out on the pitch and the Argentine has been playing ‘pedal to the floor’ since the start of last season. He needed a super-human effort to keep himself in the team and he delivered it. He ended up playing in 52 of Real Madrid’s 60 matches last season. He then followed it up with a physically exhausting World Cup and was then thrown straight into a move to a new country and a new league with all the physical and mental demands that that brings.
Fuck sake, Angel picked up an ankle injury tonight. These friendlies need to be outlawed and fast or else the major players at a club not allowed to play in them when there is already a certain amount of critical injuries in their club squad.
We have 12 injuries to the squad now.........
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