Football

WHAT THEY SAY

He'll be a hit

"He can play in right midfield, left midfield, he can play behind the two front players, behind one front player.

"He is a very dangerous player, very quick, very creative and he can score goals, so he is going to be great for Manchester United. However, I don't think he is going to solve all of Man United's problems."

- Ossie Ardiles believes fellow Argentinian Angel di Maria will be a big hit in the EPL

"He can run and Manchester United haven't got any pace in wide areas. It is incredible. That is what the club have been built on for the last 10 to 15 years - being able to get from box to box quickly, being able to spring on teams, having people who can dribble and are quick in the final third."

- Former Man United defender Gary Neville (above) believes di Maria is the perfect wide player for Louis van Gaal's system

"Huge signing if di Maria joins Manchester United. They need pace in their attack, like the United of old. Surely there is a defender in the pipeline too?"

- Former Man United, Newcastle, Real Madrid and Liverpool striker Michael Owen thinks di Maria's pace is much needed for United


He'll be a miss

"I find it baffling that Louis van Gaal, a man of his experience in the game, is buying a player who is a forward when they definitely need defenders and midfielders. They have the money to spend that on one player, and I don't think United need (di Maria) this minute, he's not a priority."

- Former Arsenal striker Ian Wright is not sure
di Maria will solve United's woes

"It seems a lot of money to me. It's quite sad when one club becomes so desperate that the transfer fee will be elevated massively.

"He's extremely talented, but I'm worried about the money. They have to bring a few more in and it could spiral and spiral. This is the second year when they haven't worked quick enough in the transfer market."

- Former Man United midfielder 
Ray Wilkins claims the move for di Maria 
is a sign of desperation

"Is di Maria a player who can grab the game by the throat and really dominate it? Bryan Robson, Roy Keane, Paul Scholes - it's that type of player United need. Di Maria is a fantastic technician, (Ander) Herrera is another, but they're not quite Steven Gerrard or Bryan Robson."

- Former Liverpool midfielder Gary McAllister (above) insists di Maria is not the answer to United's problems