Angel Di Maria has become the fifth Argentinian to join Manchester United, having signed on the dotted line just days after his compatriot Marcos Rojo. Here, we recell the three other players who hailed from Argentina and became fans' favourites at the Theatre of Dreams...
Juan Sebastian Veron (2001-2003, 11 goals in 82 appearances)
Veron became United's first Argentine player when he joined from Lazio in the summer of 2001. A talented playmaker and a supreme passer of the ball, La Brujita’s pedigree was undeniable but he never quite adapted to the tactics or pace of the Premier League, though a plethora of defence-splitting passes and classy control illustrated his ability. Rojo has revealed Veron, with whom he played at Estudiantes, helped convince him to join United.
Gabriel Heinze (2004-2007, four goals in 83 appearances)
Scoring on your debut (in a 2-2 draw at Bolton) is a good way to endear yourself to fans, and the United faithful also took to Heinze’s no-nonsense defensive style. The left-back ended up winning the club’s Player of the Year award in his debut season but an injury ruled him out for most of the following campaign. That unfortunate setback was the beginning of the end for ‘Gabi’, who was eventually ousted by Patrice Evra and, frustrated by a lack of first-team action, moved to Real Madrid in 2007.
Carlos Tevez (2007-2009, 34 goals in 99 appearances)
Carlos’ departure to cross-town rivals City may have been less than happy, but he made a substantial impact in his two seasons at United on loan from West Ham, helping win two Premier League titles, the Champions League and the Club World Cup during one of the most successful periods in the club’s history. Appreciated by Reds for his tireless running and commitment to the cause, not to mention his goalscoring ability, Tevez turned down the option of signing permanently on a five-year contract in June 2009, and moved to Eastlands under something of a cloud the following month.
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