Manchester United midfielder Angel Di Maria was recently struck with an alarming incident off the pitch.
Following last Saturday’s league 3-1 win over Leicester City, an intruder broke into Di Maria’s family home in Cheshire. The burglar heard the house alarm, which promptly sounded, and decided to flee the property.
Now, the former Real Madrid star, along with his wife Jorgelina and children, is living out of a hotel with tight security.
Still, while some think this occurrence may affect his playing ability, manager Louis van amedaaal believes that United’s marquee summer signing had shaken off the fear. His effectiveness against Cambridge United in the Red Devil’s FA Cup triumph, the Dutchman believes, shows that Di Maria is more than ready to play.
“Yes, you are right,” the United manager said, via The Guardian, in response to media asking about Di Maria’s disposition. “I believe in the ‘total human being’ principle. His environment is also important and he was worried about his wife and child.
“He wanted to play against Cambridge United and I played him. I decided in the past that I would never play a player in those circumstances because of the ‘total human being’ principle. But with him I had the feeling I had to give him the chance to play and I am happy I let him play because he played very well.
“Of course, I have to decide on Sunday again, but when I have seen already his performance against Cambridge United, I don’t think I have any doubt.”
On Sunday, Manchester United travel to Upton Park to duel West Ham in a matchup that occurred earlier this season, with the Hammers falling short in a 2-1 loss.