'Di Maria was a bargain' – Martino

The Argentina boss has hailed the 26-year-old as one of the most “relevant” players the Albiceleste have produced in recent years

Gerardo Martino believes Manchester United got a “bargain” in signing Angel Di Maria from Real Madrid for €77 million over the summer.

The 26-year-old was one of Madrid’s star men as they lifted the Champions League last season but was surprisingly allowed to leave the Santiago Bernabeu in August.

United paid a club record fee to secure his services, but Argentina boss Martino says the forward is worth every penny.

He said: “I think that the club directors got him on the cheap because he is such a versatile player – he can adapt to any position on the field, on either wing or through the middle. Ángel is one of the most relevant players that Argentina have had in recent years.”

Di Maria has made a flying start to life at Old Trafford, scoring three goals in his first five games for the club and will be part of the Argentina squad who take on Brazil and Hong Kong over the international break.

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