Louis van Gaal has admitted he has concerns about Angel di Maria’s long-term future at Manchester United following the attempted break-in at his Cheshire home last weekend.
Di Maria and his family are currently living at a Manchester-based hotel, with his frightened wife reportedly refusing to return to the couple’s family home with their 21-month old daughter.
Van Gaal admits he is concerned about how this incident will affect the Argentina international’s state of mind - but was left impressed by his desire to feature in Tuesday night’s FA Cup fourth round replay victory over Cambridge United.
Van Gaal concerned for Di Maria
Asked if he was concerned the attempted burglary could affect his on-pitch performance and off-field happiness, Van Gaal was quoted by the Mirror as saying: “Yes, yes, you are right. You are right in your analysis.
“I believe in the 'total human-being' principle. So his environment is also important. But, nevertheless, he was worried about his wife and child, I have spoken with him, and he wanted to play against Cambridge United and I played him.
“I have decided in the past that I will never play a player in those circumstances, because of the total human-being principle. But, with him, I had the feeling that I had to give him a chance to play and I was happy that I let him play. He played very well.
“And, of course, I have to decide Sunday again, but when you have seen his performance against Cambridge, I don’t think I have any doubt.”
PSG keen to sign Di Maria
Di Maria signed for Manchester United in a £59.7 million deal - a British transfer record - from Real Madrid last summer, but has only managed to show glimpses of his best form.
It was reportedly earlier this week that French champions Paris Saint-Germain are planning to make a move for the world-class midfielder at the end of the season, provided they can generate the required funds to avoid falling foul of UEFA’s Financial Fair Play regulations.
This will reportedly involve PSG offloading both Edinson Cavani and Ezequiel Lavezzi.