Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal will not stand in the way of Angel di Maria if he wants to leave Old Trafford but admits he must respect the “commercial interests” of the club.
The Argentine winger has endured a difficult start to his United career following his British record £59.7million move from Real Madrid last summer. Di Maria has three goals and eight assists in 20 Premier League appearances for van Gaal’s side but was sent off for pulling referee Michael Oliver’s shirt during Monday’s FA Cup sixth-round defeat to Arsenal.
He was also the subject of an attempted burglary in January and has since been linked with a move away from Old Trafford after reportedly failing to settle in the area. Should that be the case, van Gaal insists he will allow the player to leave.
When asked if he would let the record signing leave for personal reasons, the United boss said: “I am always like that. When you see my history, that’s part of my philosophy. A player is not just a man who kicks the ball from A to B. His environment is influencing him.
“I shall always be open but I know the commercial interests of the club and we have to respect that. You cannot give a lot of money for a player and next season put him out of your selection.”
Earlier this month, van Gaal asked United fans to be patient with di Maria, saying he needs a year to settle in English football, while the player has also been backed to come good by club captain Wayne Rooney.
After sitting out Sunday’s clash with Tottenham Hotspur through suspension, di Maria should return for next weekend’s eye-catching clash with Liverpool.
United are 3.12 to win at Anfield, while Liverpool are 2.16 and a draw is 3.16.