On this present day in 2014: Man Utd break British document to signal Angel Di Maria

Manchester United smashed the British switch document once they accomplished the signing of Argentina’s Angel Di Maria on this present day in 2014.

The Pink Devils, in a rebuilding part following the departure of their vastly profitable supervisor Sir Alex Ferguson the yr earlier than, paid £59.7million for the then 26-year-old.

Di Maria, introduced in by the membership’s new Dutch boss Louis van Gaal, arrived at United recent from serving to his previous membership Actual Madrid seal their tenth European title the season earlier than.

Di Maria mentioned on the time of his signing: “I’m completely delighted to be becoming a member of Manchester United. I’ve totally loved my time in Spain and there have been quite a lot of golf equipment eager about me, however United is the one membership that I might have left Actual Madrid for.

“Louis van Gaal is a implausible coach with a confirmed monitor document of success and I’m impressed by the imaginative and prescient and willpower everybody has to get this membership again to the highest – the place it belongs. I now simply can’t wait to get began.”

Nevertheless, issues by no means actually clicked for Di Maria at Previous Trafford on the pitch. He additionally endured a reasonably depressing time without work it, after an tried housebreaking at his dwelling in February 2015.

Lower than a yr later, he joined Paris St Germain, and informed the French media that he didn’t have an awesome relationship with Van Gaal.

Di Maria spent seven years at PSG earlier than becoming a member of Juventus in 2022.

Final yr was a particular one for him, as he performed and scored within the World Cup closing as Argentina beat France on penalties.

Earlier this summer time he rejoined Portuguese facet Benfica, his first European membership after leaving Rosario Central in 2007.