Louis van Gaal is worried about Angel di Maria’s mental state of mind after he suffered a failed burglary attempt when his wife and child were in the house with him.
The failed attempt understandably left Di Maria and his family mentally shaken from the affair, something which could have a knock-on effect his football with Manchester United and Van Gaal is well aware of that given his man management style.
Van Gaal allowed Di Maria to play against Cambridge in order to help him move on from the event and although United’s boss was happy with how Di Maria, it’s clear he is worried about him.
“I believe in the total human being principle, so his environment is also important,” he said.
“He was worried about his wife and child.
“I spoke with him and he wanted to play against Cambridge United and I played him. I have decided in the past that I will never play a player in those circumstances, because of the total human being principle.
“But with him I had the feeling that I had to give him a chance to play and I was happy that I let him play. He played very well. And, of course, I have to decide Sunday again, but when you have seen his performance against Cambridge, I don’t think I have any doubt.”
Prior to the incident at his house, Di Maria was loving life in Manchester and the real fear for Van Gaal and Man United fans is that his relationship with the city may change after the burglary.
Since the incident, Di Maria now has bodyguards at his house to help with protection but he may well have already lost some affection for the place because of what happened this week. The last thing Van Gaal will want is his record breaking signing becoming disillusioned with Old Trafford.
The good thing for Man United fans is that the performance against Cambridge was more like the Di Maria who tore defences apart at the start of the season. It will be interesting to see how/if he plays against West Ham on Sunday away from home in a much tougher tie.