Angel di Maria
Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has admitted that he will listen to Angel di Maria if wants to leave the club in the summer Getty Images

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has admitted that he will listen to Angel di Maria if the winger wants to leave the club in the summer.

The Argentine international, who had a blistering start to his career in England, has been having troubled times on and off the pitch in recent months.

The former Real Madrid winger has been struggling to find form on the pitch and after scoring three goals in his first six games, has failed to find the back of the net since the beginning of October last year.

The manager has defended Di Maria along with the other new signings and is confident that they will hit top form once they settle down at the club.

Apart from his on-field troubles, the winger had a traumatic experience when robbers broke into his £4m mansion and threatened his family at gunpoint. It is believed that his wife Jorgelina Cardoso has been unsettled in Manchester following the incident.

However, the manager is confident that the player will remain with the Old Trafford club beyond the current season and believes that Di Maria is happy at the club despite his initial struggles.

But the manager has admitted that if United's British-record signing asks to leave on compassionate grounds, he will listen to the player's request.

"Will he be here next season? As a manager, you can never say no or yes because the player at the end shall always decide, but I don't think he shall move," Van Gaal said, as quoted by the Mirror.

"Despite his incident with his wife at home, he is very pleased to be here at Manchester United."

When asked if he would let Di Maria go if he no longer felt he could stay in England, the Dutchman said: "I'm always like that. When you see my history - that's part of my philosophy."

"A player is not just a man who kicks the ball from A to B. Also, his environment is influencing him. So, I shall always be open for that conversation, but I know also the commercial interests of the club and we have to respect that," the former Bayern Munich manager explained.

"You cannot give a lot of money for a player and then next season put him out of your selection. I think that he shall stay because what I have seen in his reaction, after the defeat and after his red card against Arsenal, is very good. I like his attitude," Van Gaal added.