Angel di Maria and Daley Blind have thanked Manchester United fans for how welcoming they have been since their arrival at Old Trafford this summer.
The duo joined from Real Madrid and Ajax respectively to become part of Louis van Gaal‘s new look United side and immediately endeared themselves to the United faithful with some excellent and consistent performances.
Outside of football the fans have been equally as welcoming and Blind is really enjoying life at his new club: “I have run into some fans in the city and it’s been very nice,” Blind told United Review.
“Everybody in the city has been very kind and polite. It is not only at the club but also in Manchester when I meet people. I’m very happy and I am really enjoying it here.”
Fans respond to players who give their all to the club and Blind’s performances on the pitch have done just that. Van Gaal has singled him out as a potential future leader and you can see why.
As for Di Maria, he has brought a sprinkle of stardust back to Old Trafford and is quickly becoming one of the Premier League’s best signings.
Just like Blind, Di Maria has settled down well and already feels comfortable in his new home.
“The people here are amazing,” he said.
“I feel really comfortable, very happy and really pleased. The way that people treat you really makes you feel good in your heart.
“I have not really had much of a chance to get to know the city very well, with the move and with my family, but I am really pleased and happy to be here. So far I have just been going to work and then going home.
“When I first arrived here, I was in the city centre for a couple of days but I have seen nothing else really, but I plan to in the future.
“When we are coming out after training or after the games, I have had a chance to meet some of the fans and it makes me happy that they love us so much and have got so much affection for us.
“I am trying to do my best to pay them back when I am on the field, so that the people are happy. They are really polite, they are always saying please and always saying thank you. That is really nice and I am really happy here.
“Having everybody behind you at Old Trafford all the time is great as well. The fans are always singing and supporting you. When things aren’t going well, they still carry on supporting you and that really pushes you on and makes you want to give your most.”
Both Di Maria and Blind have enjoyed strong starts to their United career on the pitch with performances and off the pitch with fans. It’s good to see players settle into life at the club so quickly and it bodes well for the future as a tight-knit group of players are always more likely to succeed.