Players United risk losing if they stick with controversial manager.
Louis van Gaal arrived at Manchester United this summer with something of a mixed reputation – for all his success in different leagues throughout Europe, there were an equal amount of controversies and high-profile fallings-out with big-name players. Is something similar already happening at Old Trafford?
News has emerged today that David de Gea is not even on speaking terms with the Dutchman, which will not be good news for United fans after the Spanish goalkeeper’s superb individual displays for the club this season. One feels that without the Real Madrid target, they would be far lower in the table, and he certainly looks a more important figure for the future of the club than van Gaal himself, who has had a mixed performance as manager in the Premier League.
De Gea’s contract expires in 2016 and there’s no doubt his future is up in the air. If United stick with van Gaal, he will surely ruffle a few feathers, and there seem at least five more big-name players whom the club risk losing if he sticks around…
1) Angel Di Maria
A world class player signed for a club-record fee of £59.7m, Angel Di Maria has surely earned the right to be played in his proper position. Still, van Gaal has experimented with the Argentine in a number of unusual roles, including as a striker, and it’s clear to see his form has suffered as a result. Having won the Champions League at Real Madrid, Di Maria made a big sacrifice moving to Old Trafford this season with no European football on offer. It is thought that Paris Saint-Germain were his first choice before Financial Fair Play complicated the move, and it seems likely he could look for an exit if United fail to make the top four and he continues to be used incorrectly.