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Angel di Maria could be replaced by one of these five players

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Louis van Gaal last week expressed his concern about the mental state of Angel di Maria after the house of the Manchester United record signing was raided by burglars.

Di Maria, along with his wife and child, has since moved into a hotel and there has been inevitable speculation that, so shaken is he by the incident, the Argentina international is considering his Old Trafford future.

This, we suspect, will not be happening any time soon. But, as fans of hypothetical situations, we thought it an idea to have a look at just who would replace Di Maria were he to leave Manchester United...

5. Ezequiel Lavezzi - PSG - 29

A fellow Argentine one who shares his speed and dribbling ability. Arguably past his prime Lavezzi would still be an adequate replacement for Di Maria, and for a fraction of the price.

Age being a set-back but for £14 million Lavezzi would be a decent short term solution. PSG have themselves been linked with a move for Di Maria, so this one could work out nicely.

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4. Thomas Muller - Bayern Munich - 25 

Linked with United in the past, the talented German has been a consistent performer for both club and country. But at only 25 and signed to a long-term contract it could take another club record bid to bring Muller to Old Trafford.

3. Marco Reus - Borussia Dortmund - 25 

Reus is a superstar in the making and this summer could be a significant one in the career of the young German. Before the 2014/15 season there looked no reason for him to leave the Borussia Dortmund, however they find themselves, surprisingly, just one point from the bottom of the Bundesliga.

Champions League football is out of the question for Dortmund next season and it would seem more than likely they will lose another one of their prized assets in the next transfer window.

2. Cristiano Ronaldo - Real Madrid - 30

It is a transfer Manchester United fans have been dreaming of since the very moment Cristiano Ronaldo left the club for Real Madrid almost six years ago.

He is one of the few players in the world who would be a clear upgrade were Di Maria to depart, but the Manchester United ship may well have sailed for Ronaldo.

It would take a world record fee to sign him and, with loss of form in older ages and increasing chance of injury, it may may not be an investment the club consider making. Another significant stumbling block is the insistence from Jorge Mendes that the 30-year-old will retire with Real Madrid.

1. Gareth Bale - Real Madrid - 25

Manchester United have been linked with a move for Gareth Bale given how much his performances are being scrutinised by the Madrid press.

He has actually been in good form for Madrid - not to mention the key hand he played in last season's successes - but the Welshman seems to be the most frequent target of criticism at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Bale could arguably be deemed an upgrade to Di Maria although he maintains that he has no desire to leave his current employers, but that is unlikely to quell speculation about his future.

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