‘Man United’s Angel di Maria too much of a winger to play full-back’

Liverpool legend Graeme Souness doesn't believe Manchester United signing Angel di Maria is effective in a wing-back role

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff

Graeme Souness doesn’t believe Manchester United club-record signing Angel di Maria is suited to a wing-back role.

The 26-year-old Argentina international signed a five-year deal at Old Trafford last month after the Red Devils agreed a British record £59.7m deal with Real Madrid.

Angel di Maria is too much of a winger to play as a wing-back

Graeme Souness

United manager Louis van Gaal has been tipped to use Di Maria in a wing-back role as Dutch coach persists with his preferred 3-5-2 formation.

Di Maria scored and made two assists as Argentina beat world champions Spain 5-1 on Wednesday – and Souness feels that performance shows the South American is a winger.

“Angel di Maria is too much of a winger to play as a wing-back, so he could play one position inside the widest man in a 3-5-2,” Souness wrote in his Sunday Times column.

“If you play with a back four you can play him wide, as Argentina did when he made three goals and scored the other in their 4-2 win over Germany in midweek. I don’t read much into international friendlies but that performance showed his talent.”

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