Never say no to Di Maria exit – Van Gaal

Though the Red Devils boss accepts that the midfielder is likely to have the final say, he believes that his attitude is good enough to overcome his troubles settling in

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal expects Angel Di Maria to stay at the club but admitted that he cannot rule out a summer exit.

The Argentina international joined the Red Devils from Real Madrid in a British-record fee in the summer but has been inconsistent throughout the season, while an attempted burglary at the home shared by him and his wife left both uncomfortable in Manchester.

While Van Gaal is sympathetic to Di Maria’s position, he also noted that “commercial interests” made United reluctant to lose a player of such talent.

“As a manager, you can never say no or yes because the player at the end shall always decide but I don’t think he shall move,” the Dutchman told reporters. “Despite his incident with his wife at home, he is very pleased to be here at Manchester United.

“I’m 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. Also, his environment is influencing him.

“So I shall always be open for that conversation but I know also the commercial interests of the club and we have to respect that. You cannot give a lot of money for a player and then, next season, put him out of your selection.

“I think that he shall stay because what I have seen in his reaction, after the defeat and after his red card against Arsenal in the FA Cup, is very good and I like his attitude.

“When I see this chemistry between myself and my players, then I don’t have any doubts.

“We have to continue in our process. Of course, we have disappointing moments but we can survive and we have confidence to qualify for the Champions League.”

United currently lie in fourth place in the Premier League ahead of Sunday’s clash with Tottenham, but the club are well aware that a second year of failure to reach the Champions League could cost them millions.

Van Gaal, though, is refusing to worry about the financial bottom line.

He argued: “I don’t think that I’m here to think about the financial consequences – that is Ed Woodward’s job. I’m here to manage the professional football department of Manchester United and I’m here because of my qualities and my philosophy.

“I think the Glazers are pleased with my way of managing the club. I am not thinking of the consequences if I am not in fourth or third. It is very bad for the club but why do we have to speak about things that have not happened yet. We are longer in the top four than Arsenal; I’m sorry but it is true.”

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *