Manchester United boss coy on Angel di Maria transfer talk
Di Maria expected to arrive at Old Trafford for £60 million before the transfer deadline
August 24th, 2014
Manchester United’s pre-season performances and results continued to count for very little on Sunday as the Red Devils dropped two points at the Stadium of Light.
Juan Mata put United into an early lead, although Jack Rodwell headed home Sebastian Larsson’s corner, with Sunderland claiming a 1-1 draw against the Red Devils who look for ways to bolster their squad.
Marcos Rojo will be available for the next match after a work permit was granted although the latest stories suggest that Angel di Maria will be arriving at Old Trafford for a club record fee of around £60 million.
Louis van Gaal told Sky Sports: “I think always the club has to announce it. And when we think it’s the right time to form a transfer then we will come to you and say we have bought that player or the other player.
“But at this time we can’t say anything.”
The Dutchman added: “Yes (I like Di Maria) but I like Messi also. There are a lot of players in this world that I like but they can’t always come to Manchester United.”
Van Gaal bemoaned a lack of creativity as United dropped further behind pace-setters Chelsea at the top of the Premier League, with United now heading to Burnley in search of their first win next weekend.
“In the first half we played an equal match with Sunderland. We didn’t create so much but scored a fantastic goal,” he said.
“But then we’ve already warned our players they don’t have to give a lot of set-pieces away, and we gave a lot of set-pieces away and they scored out of a set-piece, so that was disappointing.
“We played much better in the second half and could have created more but in the last third we lacked creative passes.
“Football is played for creating chances and making goals. We haven’t created so many chances today. We probably had more ball possession and were more dominant than the last match but you have to win your game at that moment and we couldn’t, so that’s a pity.”