- David de Gea has travelled to the US with his Man United team-mates
- Manchester United ace continues to be linked with move to Real Madrid
- Angel di Maria’s future is also up in the air following poor first season
- Paris Saint-Germain are weighing up move for the Argentina international
- It is not yet known why Victor Valdes has not travelled to America
- Louis van Gaal is also keen on Bayern Munich star Robert Lewandowski
Ian Ladyman for the Daily Mail
17:21 EST, 13 July 2015
02:38 EST, 14 July 2015
Manchester United left for a pre-season tour of America with almost £80million of new players on board but uncertainty still lingers over the futures of David de Gea and Angel di Maria.
United managed to push through medicals for Bastian Schweinsteiger and Morgan Schneiderlin in time for the two midfield players to board their plane for Seattle on Monday afternoon.
Manager Louis van Gaal believes that in the veteran German Schweinsteiger, signed for £15m, he has the man to finally bring some authority to United’s midfield. France international Schneiderlin, meanwhile, has arrived from Southampton for £24m as one of the most highly rated midfielders in Europe.
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David de Gea (right, pictured with Matteo Darmian) has travelled with his Man United team-mates to America
Real Madrid could step up their pursuit of Red Devils star De Gea following Iker Casillas’ move to Porto
De Gea (left) and Juan Mata (right) pictured after touching down in Seattle for United’s pre-season tour
Bastian Schweinsteiger (left) arrived in Seattle with his new team-mates and manager Louis van Gaal (right)
Schweinsteiger (centre) was among the new Manchester United signings touching down in Seattle on Monday
Paris Saint-Germain are keen on bringing Argentina international Angel di Maria to Parc des Princes
With United having already invested in Holland winger Memphis Depay and Italy full back Matteo Darmian, Van Gaal’s squad is looking much deeper than it did when he arrived at the club a year ago.
Still, though, there is confusion over goalkeeper De Gea and the club’s record signing Di Maria.
De Gea is with the squad in America — where they will play four games — and has yet to be the subject of a bid from suitors Real Madrid. For reasons so far unexplained, his deputy Victor Valdes is not with the squad, meaning that De Gea is likely to play plenty of minutes on tour.
Di Maria, meanwhile, is expected to be the subject of a bid from Paris Saint-Germain in the coming days as the French team look to take advantage of his unhappiness in England. It is understood that the 27-year-old and his wife have not settled and are keen to move.
Ideally, Di Maria would like to return to Real Madrid but whether he will be offered that option from a club that sold him only a year ago remains questionable.
Against this background, Van Gaal is continuing his search for a new centre forward and another central defender. Van Gaal has a liking for Robert Lewandowski at Bayern but is aware of how difficult that deal would be, given that he has just signed one of the German club’s star players.
Van Gaal is a big admirer of Bayern Munich and Poland star Robert Lewandowski and is in need of a striker
Red Devils manager Van Gaal made his way through Manchester Airport ahead of his side’s trip
Wayne Rooney shares a joke with new signing Schweinsteiger ahead of their flight to Seattle
United chief executive Ed Woodward certainly expects to remain busy during the remainder of a transfer window that does not close until the end of August. Woodward has flown to America with United but is expecting to return to the UK to continue business once the club leave Seattle and head to San Jose this weekend.
Certainly Van Gaal is happy that the club has managed to conduct a large proportion of business so early. Last summer United were still chasing players after the season had started — something he had expressly asked not to be the case this time around.
Speaking of his two latest signings, Van Gaal said: ‘There is no doubting Bastian’s talent and his ability to control games. He brings a wealth of experience and is an excellent addition to our squad. His record speaks for itself; he has won every honour at club level and was a major part of the successful Germany World Cup-winning team last summer.
New signings Schweinsteiger (left) and Morgan Schneiderlin (right) arrive at Manchester Airport on Monday
Manchester United goalkeeper Victor Valdes has not travelled with his team-mates to America
MANCHESTER UNITED PRE-SEASON SQUAD FOR AMERICA 2015 TOUR
Tyler Blackett, Daley Blind, Michael Carrick, Matteo Darmian, David de Gea, Memphis Depay, Jonny Evans, Marouane Fellaini, Sean Goss, Ander Herrera, Adnan Januzaj, Sam Johnstone, Phil Jones, Anders Lindegaard, Jesse Lingard, Juan Mata, Patrick McNair, Andreas Pereira, Wayne Rooney, Morgan Schneiderlin, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Luke Shaw, Chris Smalling, Antonio Valencia, James Wilson
‘Bastian is the ultimate professional and of course, no stranger to me. I worked with him during my time at Bayern Munich and I am truly delighted he is joining Manchester United.
‘Morgan is a very talented player with great energy and ability. His skills will complement the players that we already have and I am very pleased that we have been able to complete this deal before the tour.
‘That training camp will be very important in our preparations for the new season and gives Morgan and the other players a chance to show our fans what they can achieve together.’
Sportsmail revealed United’s interest in Schweinsteiger in mid-May. Despite his relatively mature age, the 30-year-old has been given a three-year contract in the hope that he can provide United’s midfield with the authority it needs.
The 30-year-old Germany international signs a football for a United fan at the airport on Monday
Ryan Giggs (left) has a conversation with Schweinsteiger, the club’s latest recruit from Bayern Munich
Schneiderlin, meanwhile, abandoned plans to sign for Arsenal once he learned of United’s interest. The 25-year-old said: ‘Once I learned that United were interested in signing me, it was a very easy decision to make.
‘I have enjoyed seven very happy years with Southampton and it’s a club that will always be in my heart. But the chance to be part of this squad to help this great club be successful was too good to miss.
‘I know what Manchester United means to fans all over the world and I’m looking forward to experiencing that.’
Fellow new signing Memphis Depay (left) and Luke Shaw (right) make their way to the luggage check-in
Anders Lindegaard posted a selfie of his Man United team-mates on the plane before the start of their flight
Manchester United revealed their 26-man squad for their pre-season tour of America by tweeting this graphic