Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has confirmed that he believes the sale of Angel Di Maria to Paris Saint-Germain is a big loss for the club ahead of the Premier League’s opening weekend.
The Argentina international completed his protracted transfer to Ligue 1 yesterday and issued a formal farewell letter to United fans today.
Van Gaal's stance
However, whilst many Red Devils supporters are claiming they are happy to see the back of him after a wholly underwhelming maiden campaign in England football, Van Gaal has suggested that he doesn’t share the same opinion.
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"The squad is still in process because we are living in a crazy football world," Van Gaal said, as per the Manchester Evening News.
"The transfer period is still going on and the competition is starting also, so you never know what happens, you know that we have problems of course with De Gea.
"So Di Maria, okay, we have solved that problem before the competition starts but for us it is a big loss."
Indeed though Di Maria never really cut the mustard at Old Trafford it’s unfair to theorise that he’s not actually a world-class player when on song.
His form at Real Madrid was proof that he can hold his own amongst the best players in the world, although the Premier League appeared to be too tough a nut to crack.
No English fortune
That’s not to say he wouldn’t have eventually succeeded in Van Gaal’s fold had he been given another year with which to settle properly.
Many point towards the attempted burglary of his £4million Cheshire mansion as to the catalyst that instigated his longing to leave England, but even so a sour taste has been left with regards to the manner of his departure.
For farewell letter or no the fact remains that Di Maria went AWOL from United’s pre-season training camp after his participation in the Copa America. By that point it was made abundantly clear that his heart was set on PSG and Laurent Blanc’s planned assault in the Champions League.
A big loss
Certainly an unfortunate case of ‘what might have been’ for United fans to digest, but Van Gaal is probably right when describes Di Maria’s exit as a big loss.
World-class talents are difficult to come by, as David Moyes’ doomed tenure proved, and there are no guarantees the likes of Memphis Depay and Bastian Schweinsteiger will fare any better on English shores.
United fans, do you think Di Maria’s departure will harm Van Gaal’s side in any capacity? Let us know your thoughts in the comments box below.