July 05, 2015 11:17:07 UK
Manchester United could be without Angel Di Maria for the start of the new Premier League season after he suffered an injury in the Copa America final.
The club’s £59.7million record signing from Real Madrid last summer, limped off in the first half of Argentina’s game against Chile in Santiago on Saturday night because of a hamstring injury.
Ezequiel Lavezzi replaced Di Maria as Argentina were held to a goalless draw before the hosts Chile won the trophy on home soil courtesy of a 4-1 penalty shootout win.
Di Maria has been linked with a move away from Old Trafford this summer follwing a difficult debut season in the Premier League, but he had looked back to his best for his country with two goals in the tournament.
His hopes of forcing his way back into United boss Louis van Gaal’s plans in the coming campaign were already in the balance because he was always going to miss the club’s tour of the United States because of his international commitments.
And this hamstring injury leaves him a doubt for the Red Devils’ opening Premier League encounter against Tottenham on 8th August.
United, who are 6.00 to win the Premier League in 2015-16, can be backed at 1.66 to defeat Spurs, while the north Londoners can be backed at 5.00 to win and the draw is 3.75.
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