Louis van Gaal wants Manchester United chiefs to bring Angel di Maria to Old Trafford. The Sunday Mirror says the Old Trafford giants' vice-chairman Ed Woodward boasted, during United's recent tour of the USA, that the fallen champions were prepared to smash through the £85million standard set by Real Madrid for Tottenham's Gareth Bale last year.

Bale and Ronaldo are tied to long-term deals at the Bernabeu, but Di Maria, 26, has been made available by the European champions.

And, after LVG took the unusual step of mentioning the Argentine by name - and put him in the same class as Ronaldo - the pressure is on Woodward to deliver now Paris Saint-Germain have pulled out of a £50m move for the winger.

The new United manager believes the squad that he inherited from David Moyes is ­unbalanced.

And, when asked about Woodward being prepared to break the world transfer record, he said: "It is a strategy of Manchester United to do that. 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."

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