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Van Gaal said that Di Maria should not be seen as a ‘miracle’
By Andrew Scott Friday, 29 August 2014 05:11
Louis van Gaal does not want Angel di Maria to be seen as a “miracle” for Manchester United, something that local bookies fans know is very important, especially after the team’s drop of form.
On Thursday, the Argentina international – who this week joined the ranks United from Real Madrid for a British record of £59.7million – was next to the Dutch manager during a press conference that took place at Old Trafford.
Di Maria’s arrival was able to boost a side that could only take a single point in the Premier League from the first six, and suffered a very embarrassing loss to third-tier club MK Dons at the Capital One Cup.
However, Van Gaal warned that United were still looking to rebuild the squad, and that the job is an extensive one.
“I’m very pleased that we have such a class player in our squad and it’s important he is a team player – that’s what I like about Di Maria,” van Gaal said.
“He can accelerate our play but he can also play in the interests of the team and that’s why we’ve chosen him.
“I hope he shall give us good results but we can’t expect, that after two days’ training, he is the miracle I’ve read about.”
Live betting fans saw that the tactics used by Van Gaal – especially his famous 3-5-2 formation – were highly scrutinized after his side’s 4-0 loss to MK Dons. But even though the manager is still determined to implement a brand new approach to their game, he said that United will be more versatile on the pitch with their new addition.
“He fits into our philosophy so I can change the system for him and maybe I shall do that in the future, like I have already done against Swansea City,” Van Gaal added.
“He played at Real Madrid not only as a wide wing player but also in midfield so that is also a reason why we are convinced he shall succeed.”
The Argentinean, who will most likely feature for the team’s trip on Saturday to Burnley, said that he was pleased to play wherever he’s needed.
“It depends on the manager and where he wants to play me,” United’s new No 7, speaking through an interpreter, said.
“I come here to work for the team and I am prepared to play in any position he wants to. I just want to help the club become successful again.”