Michael Carrick: Angel Di Maria reminds me of legend Ryan Giggs
MANCHESTER UNITED midfielder Michael Carrick has compared team-mate Angel Di Maria to club legend Ryan Giggs.
Di Maria joined the attacking ranks at Old Trafford over the summer for a British club record fee of £59.7m, so far grabbing four goals and eight assists in all competitions.
And Carrick claims the Argentine's 'direct' style of play is reminiscent of Giggs, who is now United's assistant manager after 24 successful years as a player.
The England midfielder said: "There are players who have got tricks and can drop the shoulder to go past players, but he is so direct in his play.
"It is almost like Giggsy used to be in many ways.
"When he picks that ball up he can carry it and change direction pretty quickly, so it is very tough to defend against – especially if he is doing through the middle of the park.
"You get wide players who do it, but you don’t see many players dribble through the middle of the pitch."