The future of unsettled Manchester United midfielder Angel Di Maria was thrown into doubt here Saturday after it emerged the Argentine international had failed to join up with the club`s US tour as scheduled.
Di Maria, who has been strongly linked to a move to French giants Paris Saint Germain, had been due to arrive in California on Saturday to join United`s pre-season training camp.
But United manager Louis van Gaal told reporters after his side`s 3-1 friendly victory over Barcelona at the Levi`s Stadium that Di Maria had failed to board a flight to San Francisco.
"I have heard that he`s not on the plane so I cannot say anything," van Gaal said.
"I have heard that he was not on the plane," he reiterated.
Di Maria had been excused from the first part of United`s tour after playing in the Copa America along with fellow Red Devils team-mate Marcos Rojo.
Rojo had also failed to join up with the United squad, but van Gaal put the defender`s no-show down to a passport issue.
"I heard Marcos Rojo was not on the plane, he had passport issues," van Gaal said.
"But Di Maria I do not know."
A report on the website of Britain`s Daily Mail newspaper shortly before kick-off on Saturday said van Gaal had informed United`s players that Di Maria was set to join PSG.
Di Maria joined United last year in a 59.7 million pound ($92.6 million) transfer from Real Madrid but has failed to settle during a difficult first season with the Premier League giants.