Angel Di Maria has found it difficult at times acclimatising to a new country and a new style of football but is thankful to Manchester United for bringing him to England.
Di Maria arrived at Old Trafford in the summer for a club record fee of £59.7m and has been in fine form ever since, proving to United supporters why their club decided to part which sum a fee for the former Real Madrid man’s services.
Many were sceptical to the rumours at the first given United had just come off the back of their worst Premier League season whilst Di Maria had helped his team win a competition that United wouldn’t even be in this season.
But in an exclusive interview with SPORT Magazine, Di Maria says he is happy he came to Old Trafford.
“I am thankful to Manchester United for bringing me here,” he said.
“Regarding the fee paid for me, it is an arrangement between clubs. I just play. If the amount paid reflects my value and United decided to pay it, then I am thankful and happy for that.”
Di Maria was influential in helping Real Madrid win their record 10th Champions League title in May and says he is missing the tournament but if focused on helping his new club return to the pinnacle of European club football.
“Yes, I do miss Champions League football,” says Di Maria.
“We will have to do our best this season so that we qualify for next year’s tournament. It won’t be easy. But some weeks ago we were seventh or eighth in the table, and now we are fourth. So we have to keep on working. The thing we aim for the most is qualifying for the Champions League, which is what this club deserves.”
Di Maria also admitted he was struggling to get used to the weather and it is certainly a problem lots of foreigners face when winter sets in up in Manchester but he’ll just have to get used to wearing layers and gloves.
He added: “It’s much colder here and it gets dark a lot earlier than in Spain.
“I have no problem with the food or anything – there is not much difference between what I had in Spain and what I have here. My only problem is with the cold temperatures.”