Di Maria vows to "do justice" to United No.7 shirt
Angel Di Maria has vowed to do all he can to do justice to the Manchester United No.7 shirt he was handed after his record breaking £59.7m move from Real Madrid last summer.
Di Maria has been a big disappointment for United supporters as his performances have failed to capture the imagination of the Old Trafford faithful, inspiring his boss Louis van Gaal to suggest he needs time to adapt to the Premier League.
His United story hit a new low as he was sent off in last Monday's FA Cup quarter-final defeat against Arsenal for a moment of petulance as he grabbed the referee, but he has talked up his ambitions at United in an new interview.
“I feel really good here and I’m genuinely happy to be wearing the No.7 shirt,” he stated of a jersey that has been previously worn by the likes of George Best, Bryan Robson, David Beckham and Cristiano Ronaldo.
“I know that some really great players have worn it in the past for Manchester United.
"Top, top players. I was really excited to wear that number, as it’s the one I wear for Argentina and things have always gone really well for me. That’s one reason I chose the number and also because so many great players have worn it before me.
“I hope that I can perform well and that the No.7 shirt can keep its privileged place, high in the history of Manchester United.”
In an interview to be published in the matchday magazine for United's clash with Tottenham on Sunday - which Di Maria will sit out due to suspension - he goes on to suggest his team are set to enter a make or break few weeks in their push for a top four finish.
“We are all aware that a number of big games are just around the corner for ourselves and the season will be decided by these fixtures,” added Di Maria.
“We know all about these upcoming games and we have been thinking and talking about them for quite some time now.
“Since the time that the fixtures for the second half of the season came out, we’ve known that everything would be at stake over this final period.
“Everyone at the club is 100 per cent confident, we know that we want to get back into the Champions League and that we want to be fighting it out.
“We will battle hard right to the end of the season. From what I know of the club, United always fight right to the end, and that’s what we’re going to do.
“I think that having so many new faces arriving and then playing in the first-team, it’s never easy for them to settle in immediately alongside the established players who have been here a while.
“It takes time for a team to really hit the heights. We’ve picked up some big results along the way, we’re near the top of the league and we shouldn’t be too downbeat because we’ve achieved quite a lot so far.”
There have been suggestions that Paris Saint-Germain may revive their interest in signing Di Maria this summer, a year after they failed to lure the Argentine star to the French capital.
However, publicly at least, Di Maria is suggesting he is keen to succeed at United despite reports that he has sold his house in Manchester and may be preparing to cut short his stay in England.