Manchester United have been dealt another blow as one of their more reliable midfielders could be unavailable when they face their harshest test yet of the season when they face Chelsea this weekend. Many felt the decline of the club’s glory days were nigh because the club could not possibly land marquee signings since they wouldn’t be offering any continental action this term. In any case the agent switched from the current European Champions to Manchester in what is currently the most expensive deal in British transfer record history.
Although, his arrival was met with mixed feelings because while some fans were overjoyed to know that their dearest club could still attract super stars, many critics maintained that the club had paid more for the Argentine that he was actually worth. These criticisms might have been powered by the statements made by Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti that Di Maria made the switch for more financial gratifications.
In any case, nobody worries about that again since Di Maria has endeared himself to the fans with performances that reminds most fans of Cristiano Ronaldo’s exploits. The Argentine has scored three goals the season, the highest so far for any Manchester United player and was also awarded the club’s best player for the month of September.
Having recalled his short history at the club, I believe the level of despair that was felt amidst the travelling fans at the Hawthorns on Monday night is justifiable. Manchester United’s most prolific player held his laps and was signalling to the bench. One needs not a soothsayer to know that something was amiss, and when Louis van Gaal decided to substitute the midfielder who had an ice pack strapped to his legs as soon as he got off the pitch, many fans feared that the injury woes ravaging the club was about to continue.
This development might have been waved aside if it wasn’t the current League leaders that the Manchester club are facing in their next tie, and it could be disastrous when you are facing a free scoring side such as The Blues without your best player.
Although, the clubs medical team believe that could be able to get him to face Chelsea, it is still uncertain if the player could attain the full fitness that the team will be relying on to propel them to victory.Manchester United are already without team captain Wayne Rooney who by then will be serving the last match of his ban, and with Ander Herrera and Michael Carrick still battling with match fitness, the team will be banking on the brilliance of Di Maria.
However, Di Maria had churn out very wonderful performances even when not fully fit so he might still be able to handle the next match, but when you consider the current strength of Chelsea, then Manchester United might need much more than a stroke of luck this time.