Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has insisted the club’s record signing Angel di Maria will adapt to the Premier League and get back to his best form.
Di Maria joined United from Real Madrid in a £59m move last summer and scored three goals in five games during a blistering start to life at Old Trafford.
The Argentine’s form has deteriorated since his return from a pelvic injury at the start of the year. Slow and predictable in United’s 1-1 draw with West Ham United on Sunday, Di Maria looked far below his best.
However, van Gaal is not worried about his form and feels he just has to adapt to life in England.
Speaking about the 26-year-old, Van Gaal said: “Di Maria has to adapt to the English rhythm of the game. That’s a high standard and the big difference with other countries. He shall do that. I’m convinced of it.”
Since the start of 2015, Di Maria has registered zero goals and zero assists in four games which when you compare it to his blistering start where he scored three in his first five games, is symbolic of his downturn in form.
At £59.7m, Di Maria became United’s record signing this summer and there is no question that he is a world class player but he needs to improve in his current form, hopefully starting against Burnley on Wednesday night.