Louis van Gaal has warned Manchester United’s record signing Angel Di Maria that he needs to get his act together if he wants to have a future at Old Trafford.
The Argentinian was one of the form players in the world at the back end of last season, helping former Real Madrid win La Decima, and stealing much of the spotlight from Lionel Messi as the national team went all the way to the World Cup final in Brazil.
And it appeared that he was going to transfer that ability to the Premier League following his £60m move last summer, as he scored three times in his first five games. However, since then, it has been a tough time, and the 27-year-old looks completely bereft of confidence.
His only goal since the last of that quickfire trio came against lowly Yeovil Town in the FA Cup, and his performances have seen him begin to be placed alongside the likes of Juan Sebastian Veron and Anderson as the big-money flops that never made the grade at Old Trafford.
According to the Daily Mail, his manager believes that he can turn his fortunes around, but needs to display the right attitude and accept the club’s new direction.
“When you are open, then you can change. But it’s very important that you want it in your head,” he explained.
“Players have to adapt to the team philosophy and Di Maria has to do that.
“Can Di Maria learn? That we have to wait and see. It is not because he doesn’t have the quality. He has to perform in a way that we want. Not in the way I want, but in the way we want as a club,” he added.