John Hartson feels Angel di Maria is struggling in the current Man United system.


Former West Ham striker John Hartson is convinced Angel di Maria will be best suited to a wide position in Louis van Gaal's team.

The Manchester United manager has played all sorts of formation and keeps tinkering his side game after game.

Di Maria who moved from the Bernabéu to Old Trafford last summer has been playing in a central role in recent weeks, despite the Argentine struggling in the system and again on Sunday, he failed to have a major impact in their 1-1 draw with West Ham at Upton Park.

However, Hartson reckons Van Gaal would need to rethink how he uses the former Real Madrid winger - who has a good crossing ability and blistering pace.

“Di Maria played at the tip of United’s midfield diamond against West Ham but I don’t think playing centrally suits him,” Hartson told BBC Sport.

“He had one of his best games for United when they used that system against QPR in September, but he was playing on the left of the diamond, behind Juan Mata. Rooney and Van Persie were up front.

“Against West Ham, Di Maria could not use his pace or his crossing ability. The middle of the pitch was very congested and he was continually crowded out whenever he tried to run with the ball.

“I would like to see him playing out wide again, where there is more space and he can run at defenders who are isolated and do not know whether to back off or try to challenge him.”


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