Louis van Gaal‘s substitution of Angel Di Maria duringManchester United‘s 5-3 defeat to Leicester reportedly created a backlash of fury in the Red Devils dressing room.
It is reported that a “fiery” exchange between Van Gaal and his players, who launched an “inquest” into why the Argentinian was pulled from the game after just 76 minutes. One unnamed United player was also said to have sworn at the manager, as noted by the aforementioned publication’s (NSFW) tweet
Di Maria scored a stunning chip and provided an assist before being removed from the game. At that stage the score was poised at 3-3 with United reeling after a Leicester fightback, and they went on to lose 5-3 without their talisman, leaving the visitors on just five points from as many games this season.
Although other elite sides includingLiverpool and Manchester City have struggled for points, both have faced opposition who can expect to at least challenge for a top-four place at the end of the campaign.
United have stuttered through an easy run on paper and have a difficult couple of months approaching. Everton, City,Chelsea and Arsenal will all take on LvG’s men before the end of November, meaning United’s hopes of making the Champions League could be over by Christmas.
Di Maria has played just three games for his new team, but he is already a key player. The former Real Madrid star’s pace, dribbling skill and expert delivery has significantly aided United’s attacking play and upped the team’s tempo when moving forward. He is starting deep and thrusting possession up the pitch, linking well with Wayne Rooneywhen doing so.