The Argentine international was one of Los Blancos' top performers in 2013-14, but the signing of James Rodriguez started an avalanche of transfer speculation that finally resulted in his move to Old Trafford.
Blessed with pace, trickery and an eye for goal, Di Maria's best position is out wide, but he also has the versatility to slide instead and use his speed to run straight at overmatched centre-backs.
ESPN FC's Tom Marshall seemed to voice what most fans were thinking:
Will be questions asked about Angel Di Maria's price and where he fits in, but @ManUtd have just signed one of the best players in the world— Tom Marshall (@mexicoworldcup) August 26, 2014
The Red Devils are breaking the British transfer record to bring the mercurial Di Maria into the fold, and fans of rival clubs will be quick to judge the transfer based on the large sum United are paying for his services.
But Louis van Gaal and Ed Woodward know exactly what they're paying for: One of the best pure wingers in the world, with the production to back up his sterling reputation.
The Sunday Times' Duncan Castles shared some of the contract info:
Fans of Real Madrid had been vocal in their support of Di Maria all summer, enraged Florentino Perez would even contemplate the man who powered the club in the final stages of the UEFA Champions League. Futbol Agent shared this image:
Di Maria is the Engine... pic.twitter.com/wdz4hO6smR— Futbol Agent (@Futbol_Agent_) August 26, 2014
The club's official Twitter account shared some early comments from Di Maria on his new club:
Van Gaal was also ecstatic with his latest asset:
Louis van Gaal on Di Maria: “Angel is a world-class midfielder… there’s no doubting his immense natural talent.” #WelcomeDiMaria— Manchester United (@ManUtd) August 26, 2014
BBC Sport's Howard Nurse is a big fan of the move, but he expects even more players to arrive before the end of the transfer window:
Di Maria a major boost for #mufc but expecting at least one more deal before 2300 BST on Monday.— Howard Nurse (@howardnurse) August 26, 2014
Bleacher Report's Sam Tighe thinks the World Cup hero will register strongly on the Premier League stat sheets:
Gutted I'm not bottom of my fantasy league so I could pick up Di Maria first on the wire. I tried to lose my second game and all.— Sam Tighe (@stighefootball) August 26, 2014
As shared by Squawka, Di Maria will bring a whole new level of play-making ability to the Red Devils:
Ángel Di María created more chances in the league last season (90) than Adnan Januzaj, Antonio Valencia, Ashley Young & Nani combined (84).— Squawka Football (@Squawka) August 26, 2014
Spanish football expert Sergi Dominguez was mainly interested in the tactical ramifications of the move:
Don't see Di Maria espousing Van Gaal's 3-5-2 system, certainly not as RWB. Maybe as the AM, but that'd mean Mata on the bench.— Sergi Domínguez (@FutbolSergi) August 26, 2014
Fans of Manchester United have had little to cheer about in the past few weeks, but all of that changed when the club were finally able to land a world-class name Van Gaal can build his squad around.
The Red Devils now have the pieces in place to be one of the Premier League's deadliest attacking teams, and with one or two key signings on the defensive end, United's 2014-15 campaign could have the makings of a very successful one.