Angel Di Maria says he is determined to repay the faith shown in him by Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal.
The Argentine midfielder completed his move to Old Trafford from Real Madrid for a British record fee of £59.7million last month in a deal that was seen as a huge coup following his excellent form in helping Los Blancos win last season’s Champions League.
After making his debut in the goalless draw at Burnley, Di Maria looked right at home on Sunday, playing an instrumental role as the Red Devils sealed their first win of the season against Queens Park Rangers, and they are now 7.75 to win the Premier League.
Before his move it looked like it could be a long season for the 26-year-old at the Bernabeu following the arrivals of James Rodriguez and Toni Kroos, but he now looks likely to be a huge part of Van Gaal’s plans.
The versatile midfielder feels he already owes his new boss a huge debt for giving him a fresh challenge in his career and is hoping to repay his faith by helping the Red Devils win silverware.
“Van Gaal was really important for me, in order to come here,” Di Maria told Perform. “[He] was one of the first person [people] who spoke about bringing me here. The coach always has the last word about the players he wants.
“I am really grateful to him because thanks [to] him I am now playing for United. I keep trying to improve every day and for that reason I wanted to come here to United. I needed to change my life. I will try my best to play the right way.
“I will try my best every match and show my arrival at Old Trafford was worthy,” he added.