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MANCHESTER UNITED failed to see the best of Angel Di Maria during his only season at Old Trafford.

Manchester United signed Angel Di Maria in 2014 when the Argentine international didn’t want to come. And, now, history may be about to repeat itself when it comes to Frenkie de Jong. The Barcelona star has often spoken about how happy he is at the Camp Nou and if he ends up moving to Old Trafford it is possible the transfer will mean more harm than good.

Manchester United, in the summer of 2014, decided to lavish money on Louis van Gaal.

Deals for Luke Shaw, Ander Herrera, Daley Blind, Marcos Rojo and Radamel Falcao have all been completed, with silence coming from Southampton, Athletic Bilbao, Ajax, Sporting Lisboa and Monaco respectively.

But the biggest deal of the summer was Di Maria, with the South American moving from Real Madrid to United.

It was a substantial blow, and at first it seemed like a cunning move.

Di Maria initially shone in the Premier League with a chip against Leicester in a particularly memorable 4-2 defeat.

But his form regressed over the course of the season and, after just one year in England, he was gone.

Di Maria declined to board United’s flight for their pre-season tour that summer, with Paris Saint-Germain then stepping in to seal a £42 million deal.

He would later admit that he never wanted to come to Old Trafford in the first place – with circumstances at the time forcing him to make the move.

“My intention was always to stay in Madrid,” he said in 2015.

“I really don’t know what happened within the deal – these are things that reps deal with. It happens in football.

“My move to PSG could have happened before this summer, but not for financial reasons and I ended up going to United.

“In the summer I had the chance to go there again and I couldn’t say no.”

Di Maria’s wife, Jorgelina Cardoso, admitted two years ago that she didn’t want to go to Manchester either.

“I didn’t want to go to Manchester because at that time I was friends with Gianinna Maradona, who was married to Sergio Aguero, and we flew from Madrid to his home in Manchester to visit him for two or three days where Angel had a few days off. at Real Madrid,” she said at the time.

“It was awful! Everything was awful, we went to the house and we were like, ‘Goodbye guys, we’re out of here.’

“As we left, I told him, ‘Go to any country – except England!

“Anyway, a year later and there we were in England and it was horrible.

“I didn’t like anything, nothing.

“The women are all thin and prim and proper…weird. You’re walking down the street and you don’t know if they’re going to kill you or what.

“The food is disgusting. All the girls are all dressed up, perfectly made up and there I am with my hair in a bun and no makeup.

“I remember Angel coming in and saying, ‘An offer from Manchester United has arrived. Maybe we have a little more financial security.’

“We fought over it. I told him, no way, he could go alone. ‘We will not. Let’s go,’ he replied.

“There was a lot of money involved and then the Spaniards called us money thieves. And they were right! If you’re working for a company and the competition comes along and offers to pay you twice as much, you take it!”

Now, it’s possible United are about to fall into a similar trap with De Jong.

Yes, there is talk of the midfielder ‘being persuaded’ to join the club this summer.

But it’s also true that United had to fight the tide to show him that his future lies at Old Trafford.

Earlier this week, De Jong insisted he was “at the best club in the world” in Barcelona.

And the only reason his exit is on the table is simply because the La Liga giants need to rein in their finances.
But still, it looks like United are having to persuade – which is something Manchester City and Liverpool haven’t had to do as much with Erling Haaland and Darwin Nunez.

Whether they will be able to close the deal with De Jong remains to be seen.

However, if they do, they will be hopeful that they are on to a winner – rather than another failure like Di Maria was.

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