Gary Neville criticizes the performance of Ángel Di María in the ‘Championship match’ between Argentina and Mexico
‘He is the biggest disappointment to ever come to Man United’: Gary Neville slams Angel Di Maria’s performance in Argentina’s ‘Championship’ quality match against Mexico, while Roy Keane claims winger is ‘GUARANTEED’ to give away the ball.
Gary Neville and Roy Keane were not impressed by veteran Argentine Angel di Maria’s performance against Mexico on Saturday, in which the two-time World Cup winners posted a 2-0 victory.
The result was flattering to fool Argentina, but it was Di Maria who received particularly bad reviews, with both pundits also commenting on his disastrous spell at his former club Manchester United.
Although the Juventus striker did get an assist in the second half, his involvement was a more or less direct pass from 15 yards to his left before Lionel Messi’s impressive shot to take the lead.
Angel di Maria struggled against Mexico on Saturday despite getting an assist in the second half.
The 34-year-old winger spent a single season at United in 2014-15 before leaving for PSG following a £64.6m (€75m) move from Real Madrid.
During that time, the Argentina international managed just four goals and 12 assists in 32 games, in what was a disappointing comeback for a player who was among the best forwards in Europe at the time.
Argentina went into the clash on Saturday knowing that loss would make them the second team to be officially out of the tournament, after hosts Qatar had been knocked out the day before.
But despite the added motivation, the first 45 minutes saw a toothless, pompous performance from the side many had destined to go on and win the tournament for the third time in their history.
And on the night he won his 126th cap for his country, both Neville and Keane thought Di Maria’s performance was particularly poor.
“He’s the biggest disappointment ever to come to Manchester United… He has no heart,” Neville began, speaking to ITV as part of their World Cup coverage.
Gary Neville called the 34-year-old the “biggest disappointment” to have ever played for Manchester United
It would break your heart, I’m not sure I have one. Go and do something. He’s guaranteed to give it away,” Keane continued.
‘He’s running into bodies, he’s not raising his head. Look at his career…he’s had some big moves, he’s gone for a lot of money, but watching him out there…
Take it away. His final product and decision making for an experienced player is very poor.”
The 34-year-old has now played in four World Cups for Argentina, scoring twice and getting his first assist on Saturday night.
Former United captain Roy Keane added his decision-making against Mexico was poor
And while he’s played for some of the biggest teams in European soccer (Real Madrid, PSG, Manchester United, Juventus), he fought hard to help Lionel Messi inspire his team.
Di María couldn’t have a single shot against Mexico
He managed only one successful cross out of five attempts, was unable to get a single shot, and had the third fewest passes in the game for his side with 24, just one more than Emiliano Martínez in goal.
Neville continued to criticize, this time criticizing the team as a whole, adding: “You start to think: ‘Is this what Argentina is?’ – there is no rhythm, there is no pattern of play.
They have a job to do here. It’s a very poor performance from Argentina. England played very poorly last night, but how many of those England players would you trade for Argentina players?
“I think the talent that we have…Argentina doesn’t have that.”
Keane concluded: ‘Some of Argentina’s play has been so poor it’s like watching a championship game.
“The coach has made five changes but there has been no reaction.”
He joined United in 2014 but only spent one season at Old Trafford scoring four goals.