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Di Maria has disappointed – Van Gaal

Angel di Maria: Louis van Gaal admits the record signing has been a disappointme

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal admitted that the club’s record signing Angel di Maria has been “a disappointment”.

But following that Paris Saint-Germain were reportedly interested in the winger, Van Gaal feels Di Maria will not leave Old Trafford in the summer.

Di Maria was Real Madrid’s man of the match in the UEFA Champions League final last season and also played his part for the Argentina side which reached the 2014 FIFA World Cup final.

However, since moving to Manchester, Di Maria has only scored three times, and Van Gaal has admitted that he is less than pleased with the player’s contribution.

He cannot say that he has had a marvellous season here,” the Dutch boss said.

“Normally Di Maria should have played, but the last weeks he doesn’t play anymore and the team is winning. Now, we are losing, so the chance of him coming back is higher. It is always like that. It is never that it is not like that.

“The issue that he is not always in the line-up is for him a disappointment, but also for me a disappointment.”

The former Netherlands head coach, who brought them to third place in the 2014 World Cup, conceded that there is no guarantee that Di Maria will perform better next term after a long break.

When asked if the World Cup was the reason behind Di Maria’s poor form, Van Gaal replied with a chuckle: “I hope.

“You cannot always say that is the main factor. Of course, it plays a role, and I hope it is that, because then we can have a fantastic season next season.

“You have to adapt to our philosophy and that is also difficult for him, probably. Normally he shall have a fantastic season – I believe in that.”

With that in mind, Van Gaal has no plans to sell Di Maria, and said: “I think Di Maria shall stay.

“He is working hard. I am pleased with his attitude, so that is not a problem.

“The manager and the club is always dependable on the opinion of the player himself. The player decides. We shall see what he decides.

“The decision is not only to him because now we have a contract, so we shall speak always with every player – evaluation, as I always do.

“Then we speak with each other about the future, and that is with every player.”


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