Angel di Maria
It was a night of crushing humiliation for FC Barcelona. No moment captured it better than the one that brought the club's great player low.
United are guaranteed to take a hit on the fee they paid for Di Maria. His season simply wasn't good enough to justify a similar valuation - let alone a profit - but it's something of a surprise as to why United are so openly willing to let the player move on.
At this time of year, the focus turns to the Ballon d'Or and with the 23-man list released earlier today, discussion is rife on social media as to who should and should not be up for nomination for the individual awards event of the year. The nominees will always spark debate...
While not a carbon copy of Mourinho's 4-1-2-1-2, Manchester United, West Ham United, Queens Park Rangers and Liverpool have all, at one point or another deployed a diamond midfield in the 2014/15 campaign. The 4-3-1-2 allows teams to maintain numbers in the middle of the park, but means managers can field a creator in between the midfield and attack.
It is utterly bemusing that the team still possesses such imbalance that they will - until serious changes are made - still be fully capable of being out-scored. By the time January comes around and yet more millions are dished out on the one area of the team most glaringly in need of strengthening, it could be too late.
While transfer negotiations were sill going on, the team were struggling on the pitch. But now that the window has closed and the squad is complete, United look an altogether different beast.
Louis van Gaal heralded a "new start" for Manchester United after they trounced Queens Park Rangers 4-0 to register their
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Manchester United fans' initial displeasure at an apparent lack of transfer activity over the summer to fix a clearly broken squad was quickly reversed in the final two weeks of the window. Marcos Rojo and Daley Blind arrived for the relatively modest fees of £16m and £14m respectively, but the British record signing of Angel Di Maria from Real Madrid really got people talking.
Ángel di María scored one and assisted another three as Argentina spoiled Germany's homecoming in a re-match of the World