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Angel di Maria set for crucial pre-season with Manchester United

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Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal will use the club's tour of the US to turn Angel di Maria back into a leading player for the club, reports The Sun.

The Argentine international, who completed a stunning move to Old Trafford from Spanish giants Real Madrid last summer, endured a tricky debut campaign on English soil, as he failed to hold down a regular place under the Louis van Gaal regime despite enjoying a fine opening couple of months at the club. 

Ultimately, throughout the second half of the campaign, the versatile midfielder struggled to produce the goods on a consistent basis, often finding himself sitting on the bench, while the likes of Juan Mata and Ashley Young starred on a regular basis. 

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There's no doubt about it, then, the former Real Madrid man will be desperate to find his best form in Manchester sooner rather than later, and he may well have the opportunity to shine in the US after participating in the upcoming Copa America tournament. 

Copa America

In fact, the 27-year-old could miss the start of the Red Devils' tour if Argentina make it all the way to the final in Chile. And if his national side do go all the way, then he may well miss United's first two games in the US, but he should return in time for the crunch clashes with the European giants of Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain.

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PSG, of course, have actually been linked with the player's signature in recent time, but it now appears that Van Gaal and Co. are ready to hand him a second opportunity to prove his worth at the club. 

Big chance 

And he certainly deserves it. Ok, so his debut campaign didn't quite go to plan, but it's easy to forget just how good he was at the start of the season. He scored one of the goals of the season against Leicester City and he assisted as many as 11 goals in England's elite division last term - that's one more than Premier League Player of the Year Eden Hazard. That's not bad going. 

It is, however, crucial that Manchester United hand him a permanent position, as they go about improving under the Van Gaal regime. At the end of the day, as Di Maria attempted to settle to life on English soil, he was moved from position-to-position, before occupying the bench.

There's no reason why the Argentine star can't become a leading player for the club in 2015/16. United officials, of course, look set to splash the cash once again this summer, as they go about providing a balance to the United side, and that will only benefit Di Maria, as he looks to prove his credentials at the club.

Playing week in, week out in a settled side will hand him the platform to succeed. He must take his chance in pre-season and kick on next term. It's set to be a huge season for United's No.7. 

Manchester United fans: Do you think you will see the best of Di Maria in 2015/16? Have your say in the comments section below! 

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