Tuesday 28 January 2020

Van Gaal: Di Maria can spark Manchester United revival

Manchester United's new signing Angel Di Maria poses for a photograph with his shirt and manager Louis van Gaal at Old Trafford
Manchester United's new signing Angel Di Maria poses for a photograph with his shirt and manager Louis van Gaal at Old Trafford

Mark Ogden

Louis van Gaal has vowed to overhaul his Manchester United squad before Monday's transfer deadline after insisting £59.7m British record signing Angel di Maria is not the "miracle" solution to the club's problems.

Van Gaal, who refused to lay the blame for United's rapid decline at the feet of predecessors David Moyes and Alex Ferguson, claimed Di Maria can provide the quality to "accelerate" the team's revival, with the new recruit from Real Madrid set to swap the Bernabeu for Burnley by making his debut at Turf Moor tomorrow lunchtime.

But with United still in a state of flux following their winless start to the season, which plumbed new depths with Tuesday's 4-0 Capital One Cup humiliation against MK Dons, Van Gaal insists the club will do more business before the transfer window closes at 11pm on Monday.

The Dutchman is aiming to add at least two new signings, with William Carvalho and Arturo Vidal heading his wanted list, but the United manager has also set in motion plans to offload as many as seven out-of-favour players, including England internationals Danny Welbeck and Tom Cleverley.

"I cannot say anything about that (the market) because it will raise the price," Van Gaal said. "The club shall come, like now with Di Maria, when the time is right to announce it. We cannot react to every rumour, but also, players shall go in the meantime. I had a conversation with the players after lunch and I said, after this weekend, we shall maybe have another group. Players will go away and others will come in. We have to wait and see."

Sporting Lisbon are ready to do business with Carvalho if a fee of £24m can be agreed, while a similar fee would persuade Juventus to sell Vidal. While Van Gaal's determination to reshape his squad is clear, the former Holland coach insists that Di Maria cannot revive United on his own.

"I am pleased we have such a class player in the squad," Van Gaal said. "I hope he will give us good results, but we cannot expect, after two days training, that he is the miracle. No, you have to work for the miracle and he knows that.

"We have many class players, but it's important that he is a team player. That's what I like about him. He can accelerate the game for us, but also play in interests of the team. That's why we've chosen him. I only buy players that can improve our philosophy." (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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