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Louis van Gaal: Angel di Maria must improve to stay at Manchester United

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Louis van Gaal has warned Angel di Maria that he must shape up or leave Manchester United after intimating the club record-signing needs to work harder on altering his game to fit in with the philosophy that he's trying to instil at Old Trafford.

The Daily Mail carries quotes from the Red Devils boss that gives the clearest indication yet he's not happy with the Argentine winger's contribution at the Theatre of Dreams, following a disastrous debut season in the Premier League.

Di Maria arrived with a glowing reputation as one of the greatest players in world football, but he's failed to live up to his billing or the £59.7 million fee that Manchester United paid Real Madrid for his signature.

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The 27-year-old has lost his place in Van Gaal's starting XI having not started any of the past eight matches and is set to be on the substitutes' bench again for Sunday's home clash against Arsenal.

Asked in the build-up to this weekend's high-profile game the veteran Dutch coach offered what sounded like a final warning to the South American.

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"Change of behaviour is very difficult. When you are open, then you can change. But it’s very important that you want it in your head," he reflected. "Players have to adapt to the team philosophy and Di Maria has to do that.

"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.

"When someone is sick for example, they have to change their behaviour. But it’s not easy - the old errors always come. And Di Maria is not playing at the moment."

Manchester United fans: Do you think Angel di Maria could leave Old Trafford this summer? How much money would the club recoup by selling the record-signing? Have your say below...

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