Van Gaal tells Di Maria: Your time at Man United will come

Louis van Gaal hints that Angel di Maria will feature more regularly for Manchester United in the closing stages of the season

Louis van Gaal has reassured Angel di Maria that he will earn a regular place in his Manchester United starting line-up in the coming weeks.

The £60m signing came off the bench on Saturday to set up Wayne Rooney’s goal as United ran out 3-1 winners over Aston Villa at Old Trafford to keep their bid for Champions League qualification on track.

Di Maria has now notched up 10 assists for United since his big-money move to the Red Devils from Real Madrid last summer.

And speaking after Saturday’s victory over the Villains, Van Gaal suggested that Di Maria is likely play a more integral part in his team in the closing stages of the Premier League campaign.

Van Gaal told United’s website: “I have said that already – expensive is not the issue. Do I have to make a line-up with the most expensive players? I don’t think so.

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“That is not an argument, in my opinion, but an argument is that he gave his 10th assist and he did not play all the games like [Ander] Herrera, so it is fantastic.

“Di Maria, his turn is coming but I have to wait for the right moment.”

Saturday’s victory left United in third place in the Premier League table and eight points behind leaders Chelsea heading into the final seven games of the season.

United take on local rivals Manchester City in their next Premier League game.

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