Did we expect Manchester United to lose in the first game of English Premier League season? No, not at all. Why that might have happened remains a slight mystery, but it could be contributed to the use of Jesse Lingard and Tyler Blackett to start the game. The youthful approach is admirable, but it is not what Manchester United need right now.
United need a superstar who can play the wing-back position and contribute offensively, while tracking back on defense to prevent counterattacks.
After the loss, Louis van Gaal told front office chief executive Ed Woodward to get moving on a deal with Angel Di Maria and to go all-in on the Argentinean. A £100 million offer has been given to Di Maria, which roughly translates to $170 million to us Americans. The offer means a $350,000 per week salary, which is an incredible amount for the man from Real Madrid.
The monstrosity of this deal is much needed as Paris Saint-Germain has been linked to Di Maria, and the French giant has been known to splurge on world-class players.
With the loss, it has put the club, managers and executives in a delicate place which calls for quick improvement. This will come by acquiring world-class players like Di Maria, who has intangibles that not many other players possess. Di Maria playing for Old Trafford would usher in a new age of United, and it could see dividends being paid at the end of the season.
He has the capabilities to spring United to the top of the table and bring UEFA Champions League soccer back to Old Trafford.