Louis van Gaal praises Di Maria and hints at Dutch signing

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The Manchester United boss has increased speculation linking the club with Real Madrid winger Angel di Maria, and says that he could sign a Dutchman.

Manchester United have been linked with a number of wingers this summer, and Angel Di Maria and Juan Cuadrado have been two of the most consistent names linked with the Red Devils.

Their manager Louis van Gaal has admitted that the club are lacking important balance in wider areas, which has led him having to rethink United's formation.

Antonio Valencia, Ashley Young and Nani are the only out-and-out wingers currently at the manager's disposal, and none of them have been up to the levels required in recent seasons.

Valencia has been criticised for being too one-dimensional, Young's United career looked over until pre-season where he was actually fantastic, and Nani is far too inconsistent and could be out the door very soon.

Di Maria's future at Real Madrid is far from certain too. After the Champions League winners signed James Rodriguez and Toni Kroos, it seems that the winger could be surplus to requirements. He looked set for Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain last week, but they pulled out of the deal citing FFP restrictions as the reason. 

Van Gaal has added fuel to speculation that Di Maria could become a United player by claiming that they are lacking somebody of his ability in the wide areas.

Sky Sports quotes him as saying: "At this moment, we have five No.9s and four No.10s – and we don’t have wingers to give us attacking width.

“Or, I should say, we don’t have wingers of the highest level, like Ronaldo or Di Maria or somebody like that. So, I have to play in another way – and you have seen that already. I only buy when I think we need to buy – in the position that is necessary.”

It might only be a passing comment from United's manager and using Di Maria's name in the same context as Ronaldo's could suggest he is a bit of an unrealistic signing at present. But at least it shows that Van Gaal is a big admirer of the Argentinian international.

United have also been linked with a number of the Netherlands' World Cup players, namely Ajax's £17 million-rated star Daley Blindwho yesterday said that he would struggle to turn down a move to Old Trafford.

When asked if he would bring any Dutch players to United, Van Gaal replied: “If they are at the level I want them to be, then I will sign Dutch players. Nationality isn’t something that concerns me.

“But Dutch players are usually cheaper than players of other nationalities and they have usually been very well educated in the Netherlands, I believe.

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“But they have to be of a level than can play well in the English Premier League. You have to ask if that is the case with every player.”

Blind could be a perfect addition to United's squad; his versatility means that he would provide great cover for all the positions the club are weak in, such as centre-back, full-back and defensive midfield.

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