Louis van Gaal has told Angel Di Maria that he needs to adapt to Manchester United’s new philosophy, or face being sold in the summer.
The Argentinian has endured a tough first season in the Premier League, despite making a great start to his Old Trafford career. The World Cup finalist scored three times in his first five games following his £60m move from Real Madrid. However, since then, his only strike came in the FA Cup win over Yeovil, who have now been relegated to League Two.
His last start came in the same competition, but, he failed to see out the defeat to Arsenal, having been sent off for a second yellow. In the eight games since, he has been restricted to a handful of substitute appearances.
And, according to the Daily Mail, van Gaal has had no problem making it clear that the 27-year-old has to accept his way, or his days at the club could be numbered.
“Can Di Maria learn? That we have to wait and see. It is not because he doesn’t have the quality. He has to perform in a way that we want. Not in the way I want, but in the way we want as a club,” he explained.
The Argentinian is already facing sterner competition for his place should he remain next season, with the Daily Mirror revealing earlier in the month that PSV Eindhoven star Memphis Depay has agreed a summer move.
But van Gaal may not be done there, as he explained that should he feel that one of the world’s best players fits the brief for what he is looking for, he will instruct the club’s hierarchy to try and make a deal happen.
“The first question is whether the player fits the profile of the position we want. Then the club shall negotiate and it’s out of my hands. I don’t spend the money,” he said.