Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has confirmed that Argentine winger Angel di Maria will miss this weekend's showdown with Premier League rivals Liverpool.
Speaking to MUTV, the Red Devils chief has admitted that this Sunday's clash has come too early for the wide-man after the player picked up a hamstring injury in the game against Hull City last month.
Blow for United
Di Maria has missed the club's last two fixtures, and will ultimately sit out once again against Brendan Rodgers's side. There's no doubt about it, the absence of the ex-Real Madrid man will come as a huge blow for United as they go in search of their sixth straight league victory.
The Argentine, despite struggling slightly of late, made a wonderful start to his Old Trafford career, and will now be hoping to get back out on the pitch sooner rather than later. With United set to travel to Villa Park on December 20, United fans will certainly be hoping that their No.7 proves his fitness.
Without Di Maria, however, Van Gaal will be desperate to win his first competitive clash with Liverpool as the chief of the Red Devils. United did, of course, beat the Merseyside outfit under the Dutch regime in pre-season, but Brendan Rodgers's side will be determined to secure a positive result at the Theatre of Dreams after a nightmare week.
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After failing to score against Sunderland this past weekend, Liverpool crashed out of Europe after only managing to secure a 1-1 draw with Basel on home soil in mid-week.
Liverpool are now playing catch up on their rivals in the race to secure Champions League qualification for next season. In fact, Rodgers' side are already seven points behind United who occupy third place in the league.