“I thought it was a good pre-season game for this time in the season“, he said.
“There is a good possibility (of signing Di Maria) but there is nothing official, so until that time I can not say. He was not on the plane”.
Van Gaal admitted last week he does not know if the Argentine will be a United player when the transfer window shuts but the midfielder will join the team in Santa Clara on Saturday along with compatriot Marcos Rojo.
“Yes of course I do hope De Gea shall stay, but in this world of football you never know”. “But I am sure that is where a lot of work has been put in by the manager and the backroom staff on the personalities of the players before they came in”. With Robin van Persie gone, van Gaal has Wayne Rooney, Javier Hernandez and James Wilson to play the traditional role.
It remains to be seen whether LvG is convinced by Luke Shaw or not, with the increased competition in midfield I expect Daley Blind to be operated at full-back with new boy Matteo Darmian on the opposite flank.
Deals for both players appear to have hit various stumbling blocks with Valencia’s refusal to budge from their line of “meet the buy-out clause or no sale” over Otamendi and Real Madrid’s unwillingness to structure a deal for David de Gea which involves Ramos. He has had a passport issue – for Angel Di Maria, I don’t know why.
“In spite of his injury he doesn’t train for one week, he can show his quality already in this game”.
Champions League victor Barcelona will look back on its missed chances after outshooting Man United 18-10.
The United manager hinted before the game that the team that played 60 minutes against Barcelona would have the best chance of starting against Tottenham on August 8. As a result, United have nudged Everton politely, smiled, rubbed their back, and said if they ever want to sell him to anyone, then they’ll treat Everton right, with dignity and respect.
Barca struck the woodwork on three occasions and on another day Rooney’s goal would have been disallowed for a nudge on Adriano just before he headed in Young’s cross.
“I am very happy to score my goal as it’s been a long time”, the youngster exclusively told ManUtd.com.
Rooney got away from defender Adriano for an open look on his goal.
“They have always a threat and that’s very important”, Van Gaal said. While it is true that his goal-scoring record has dipped in Paris, he has had to share touches with the not-always-generous Zlatan.
“As a coach I would prefer not to do tours”.
Barcelona were coming off a win against MLS side Los Angeles Galaxy on Tuesday and have one more match in the United States before they return to Europe.
Mirror Sport revealed on Saturday that PSG were confident of leaving their US tour next weekend with Di Maria as their player.