Man United transfers: Ancelotti explains Di Maria absence

Man United transfers: Carlo Ancelotti insists that his decision not to play Angel Di Maria in the Spanish Super Cup was purely technical

Carlo Ancelotti insists that his decision not to play Angel Di Maria in Real Madrid’s Spanish Super Cup loss to Atletico Madrid was purely tactical.

The Argentina international was left out of squad to face the defending La Liga champions in the second leg, as Diego Simeone’s men sealed a 2-1 aggregate victory over los Blancos.

It was a technical decision that we did not need Di Maria

Carlo Ancelotti

Di Maria has been strongly linked with a transfer to Manchester United this summer and has asked to leave Real Madrid in recent days.

But Ancelotti insists that Madrid simply did not need to call on the winger for Friday’s game.

“It was a technical decision that we did not need Di Maria,” said Ancelotti.

“In the second half we lost control of the game. We needed more possession like in the first half of the game. Afterwards, we gave more opportunities to Atletico.

“We haven’t spoken about winning six titles. We’ve spoken about being the best candidate for titles, but not about winning six.”

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