Manchester United midfielder Darren Fletcher has admitted that his side missed Angel Di Maria during his absence due to injury, as reported by ManUtd.com.
Di Maria returned on Sunday against Yeovil Town, and capped an excellent display from the bench for the Red Devils with the second goal of the game after a good counter attacking move.
His arrival from the bench was the signal for Man Utd to turn the screw on the League One side, and shortly after his introduction in the 60th minute, the Old Trafford side managed to break the deadlock.
Only four minutes after Di Maria came onto the pitch, Ander Herrera turned and hit a sweet half volley into the Yeovil Town net, and from that point on, it never seemed likely that they would not progress to the fourth round.
Fletcher was happy to see Di Maria, who broke the British transfer record when Man Utd bought him for £59.7 million, return, and admitted that his side had missed his influence.
He said: “It was a touch of class to dink it over the goalkeeper, a fantastic goal, so credit to him.
“He showed exactly what he’s all about, he’s learning quickly and he makes great, intelligent runs as well. He always wants the ball, he gets kicked and he just keeps getting up – he’s that strong.
“We have missed him, but hopefully he’s back now and he can kick on for the second half of the season and be the really important player we know he’s going to be.”
Manchester United’s record breaking £59.7 million signing Angel Di Maria could be in line for a return to the first team for the Old Trafford club against Newcastle United on Boxing Day.
Di Maria has not started a game since the 29th of August, when he suffered a small hamstring tear against Hull City.
However, he returned to the pitch against Aston Villa at the weekend, playing around half an hour as a second half substitute for the Red Devils.
Man Utd were ultimately held to a 1-1 draw by the Villa Park club on Saturday, having initially gone behind to a Christian Benteke goal.
They scored an equaliser through Radamel Falcao, but the draw halted a run of six wins on the bounce, which had lifted them to title contention.
Di Maria could now be handed a start against the north east side on Boxing Day, having proven his fitness in that draw.
Paris Saint Germain are planning to renew their interest in Manchester United star Angel Di Maria, making him their top transfer target, if their Financial Fair Play sanctions are lowered, as reported by the Daily Express.
The punishment meted down on them by UEFA in the summer meant that they could not complete a move for Di Maria, despite having held significant negotiations with Real Madrid over signing him.
Reports in France now suggest that PSG believe their sanctions will be lifted or eased in the summer.
As a result, they will once again raise their spending limit past £50 million, and will pursue Di Maria again.
This comes despite Di Maria having only moved to Man Utd in August.
The Old Trafford club broke the British transfer record in signing him, paying Real £59.7 million to capture an integral star.
Man Utd are reportedly willing to sell Di Maria if it funds a move for Gareth Bale.
Di Maria himself has suggested he’d be open to a move to PSG, saying: “PSG, they had a money problem and they couldn’t buy players.
“It could have been a good experience for me to go to Paris.
“I know I’m still young, perhaps I’ll go to PSG one day. I don’t know how it will all end.”