Angel Di Maria: PSG target to join Manchester United tour

By Simon StoneBBC Sport in San Jose
Angel Di Maria
Angel Di Maria helped Argentina reach the final of the Copa America this summer

Angel Di Maria is expected to join Manchester United on their tour of the USA on Saturday despite speculation about a move to Paris St-Germain.

Reports suggested the French Ligue 1 champions were ready to announce Di Maria's £45m signing this weekend.

But the Argentina winger has told boss Louis van Gaal he will return with the other players who have had extended breaks because of international duty.

"I expect him tomorrow," said Van Gaal in San Jose on Friday.

"We have communicated on that. Di Maria, Marcos Rojo and Javier Hernandez have responded."

After wins over Club America and San Jose Earthquakes, United face Spanish champions Barcelona on Saturday (21:00 BST), before completing their tour with a game against PSG on Wednesday, 29 July.

Manchester United US pre-season tour
1-0 v Club AmericaFriday, 17 JulyCentury Link Field, Seattle
3-1 v San Jose EarthquakesTuesday, 21 JulyAvaya Stadium, San Jose
v BarcelonaSaturday, 25 JulySanta Clara
v Paris St-GermainWednesday, 29 JulySoldier Field, Chicago

Di Maria, who arrived at Old Trafford for £59.7m from Real Madrid last summer, will not be at the Barcelona game in Santa Clara, although his absence was always planned.

The United manager was speaking alongside captain Wayne Rooney at a news conference at the Avaya Stadium to preview the game against the La Liga champions, which will attract a crowd of over 60,000.

The Dutchman, 63, confirmed goalkeeper David De Gea, a Real Madrid target, would play after missing the first two tour games through injury, but new signing Bastian Schweinsteiger will not.

Van Gaal on transfer stories

"I never answer the question because I cannot. I want to but it is not good for Manchester United, for the players and for me.

"Every word is one word too much. I have read a lot of interesting players that Manchester United could buy. It is not true with every player but I cannot say that."

Rooney talks trophies and transfers

"The players we have brought in are experienced and successful.

"I am sure they will add a lot to the team. I can try to help them learn about the history of the club and what is expected to be at this club and be successful. But it is down to the players to prove themselves and create their own history.

"A lot of work has been put by the manager and the backroom staff on the personalities of the players before they came in. From what I have seen, they will be great signings."

Rooney has won five Premier League titles and a Champions League trophy during his time at Old Trafford.

Rooney on facing Barcelona

"They have been probably the best team in Europe over the last few years.

"It is down to us to prove we are as good as them. Tomorrow will show us where we are. At the beginning of last season the manager told us it would take a while to adapt to the changes. As a group of players we didn't think it would but obviously it did.

"From Christmas, I felt we understood exactly what the manager wanted from us and did well, particularly in the big games. It was the games we expected to win where we disappointed ourselves."