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Is Angel Di Maria on his way out of Manchester United?

Angel Di Maria hasn’t exactly lived up to his £59.7m British record transfer fee since joining Manchester United last summer and could be out the door at Old Trafford as quickly as he burst in it.

A summer move away from the club is looking likely and manager Louis Van Gaal‘s comments have done little to calm down speculation.

Di Maria still hasn’t really settled in Manchester due to personal reasons and an attempted burglary on his home back in January have left the Argentine winger unhappy with life in England.

Van Gaal has said he wouldn’t force Di Maria to stay at the club if he felt it was necessary for him to leave on compassionate grounds when speaking to Sky Sports earlier this month.

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“I am always like that. When you see my history, that’s part of my philosophy,” the Dutchman said. “A player is not just a man who kicks the ball from A to B. His environment is influencing him.”

But Van Gaal was quick to reiterate that from a business point of view it is not a viable solution for Di Maria to depart after just one season, especially when the transfer cost almost £60 million.

“I shall always be open but I know the commercial interests of the club and we have to respect that. You cannot give a lot of money for a player and next season put him out of your selection.”

Di Maria has not started in either of Manchester United’s last two Premier League games against rival clubs for the top four, Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool. He was suspended for the Spurs clash but his side ran out 3-0 winners and that saw him start the game against Liverpool on the bench on Sunday.

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But despite playing without Di Maria, United have won both games, playing some of their best football of the season.

The 27-year-old playmaker came on in the weekend win over Liverpool but again was in the spotlight for the wrong reason, catching the ball before it had gone out of play, epitomising his form and lack of confidence.

He did create Juan Mata’s spectacular goal with a lovely chipped pass but his creativity has not been exerted enough in his first Premier League season.

Di Maria has made 21 appearances, scoring just three times in the Premier League which is not the return many expected given the qualities he possesses.

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Paris Saint-Germain could be a possible destination for Di Maria but any move will heavily depend on whether United can recoup a similar amount to what they paid for him less than a year ago.

Recent reports suggest that clubs would not be willing to pay more than £30 million for the United man after such a disappointing season and it would be bad business for the Red Devils to let him leave for half the price they signed him for.

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About Lewis Addley (596 Articles)
Major League Soccer and Premier League reporter. Sub-editor, writer and Social Media manager for MLSGB. All views are my own.

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