Angel Di Maria unveiled by Manchester United, van Gaal doesn’t expect ‘miracles’

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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.

Report: David Silva out 2-3 weeks with ligament damage

LOGRONO, SPAIN - OCTOBER 09:  David Silva of Spain is fouled by Lars Gerson of Luxembourg during the UEFA EURO 2016 Qualifier group C match between Spain and Luxembourg at Estadio Municipal Las Gaunas on October 9, 2015 in Logrono, Spain.  (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)
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Despite sitting at the top of the table in the Premier League, things are not going well for Manchester City.

Star striker and leading goalscorer Sergio Aguero suffered a torn hamstring while playing for Argentina, and now he is joined by David Silva on the injured list.

Silva lasted nine minutes in Spain’s EURO qualifying match against Luxembourg, forced off after taking a bad challenge from behind. Silva went down in pain and tried to play on, but asked for a substitution just minutes later.

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Spanish news outlet AS is reporting that Silva has suffered “lateral internal ligament damage in his right ankle,” and could face 2-3 weeks on the sidelines.

With Aguero set to miss at least a month, Silva’s injury could leave Manchester City without two of their top players in the coming weeks.

Silva has arguably been the best player in the Premier League this season, the quarterback of the City attack, which has scored a league-leading 19 goals through eight matches.

City travels to Old Trafford for the Manchester derby on October 25, which falls into that 2-3 week range for Silva’s recovery. In a match that could decide who sits top of the table, Manuel Pellegrini would be very shorthanded without Silva and Aguero.

Alejandro Bedoya to miss USMNT vs. Mexico

GLASGOW,  SCOTLAND - NOVEMBER 15 :  Alejandro Bedoya of USA  in action during the International Friendly match between Scotland and USA at Hampden Park on November 15, 2013.  (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)
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Alejandro Bedoya will not feature for the United States in the CONCACAF playoff against Mexico on Saturday, and has been replaced on the roster by Bobby Wood.

Bedoya traveled to Los Angeles from his club team Nantes in France, but Jurgen Klinsmann has announced he will be unable to play after falling ill.

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Without Bedoya, Union Berlin midfielder Bobby Wood has been added to the USMNT side. Wood scored the first two goals of his international career this summer in wins over the Netherlands and Germany, and has scored four goals in ten matches for Union Berlin this season. Wood has been training with the U.S. camp throughout the week for the upcoming friendly against Costa Rica.

Bedoya has played well for the USMNT, discounting his short performance against Brazil in September. In that match, Klinsmann played Bedoya out of position against a potent Brazil attack, and he was substituted before halftime. However, playing in his more natural role as a winger or attacking midfielder, many believed Bedoya could be in line for a start against Mexico.