On Thursday the $99 million man, Angel Di Maria, spoke out as a Manchester United player for the first time.
The Argentine winger, 26, sealed his British transfer record switch from Real Madrid on Tuesday and will wear the famous number seven shirt at Old Trafford, following in the footsteps of Cristiano Ronaldo, David Beckham and Nani.
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Di Maria’s signing came on the same day United were beaten 4-0 by League One side Milton Keynes Dons in the League Cup and there is certainly plenty of work to be done at Old Trafford for a new-look side to get back to their past glory.
Speaking to reporters via a translator, Di Maria revealed he is delighted to be at United as is targeting Champions League qualification this season.
“Manchester United has already won many trophies and are a very big team,” Di Maria said. “I come to help and raise the game and become an important team once again, to win many trophies with them. I’m very pleased to play for Manchester United. I like the team and I wanted to come here even though they’re not playing in the Champions League. I want to help the team get into the Champions League. I’m pleased with the manager for choosing me to come to Manchester United.”
While Di Maria’s new boss, Louis van Gaal, is delighted to have signed the Argentine winger from Real Madrid but urged United’s fans to not expect ‘miracles’ from Di Maria.
“I’m very pleased that we can have such a class player in our squad,” Van Gaal said. “But we have many class players and for me it’s important he is a team player. That is what I am liking in Di Maria. Not only class, he can accelerate the game for us and can also play in the interest of the team. That’s why we have chosen this player and I hope he shall give us good results but we cannot expect after two days’ training sessions that he is the miracle. No, you have to work for the miracle and he knows that.”
Van Gaal is a hard task master, isn’t he?
At least he’s realistic. There will be a huge amount of pressure on Di Maria’s shoulders, especially with the famous No. 7 shirt on his back.It will certainly take time for Di Maria to settle in to life in the Premier League. First up for him is a trip to newly promoted Burnley and the ‘homely’ confides of Turf Moor.
Welcome to England, Angel.