Manchester United’s Angel di Maria working hard to adjust to life at Old Trafford

by Ben Topliss

Manchester United midfielder Angel di Maria believes it will take time before he fully settles down to life at Old Trafford.

Di Maria scored three goals in five appearances during a blistering start to his Man United career but has suffered from a dip in form since returning from a pelvic injury at the start of 2015.

However, the Argentinian has continued to work hard and provided his eighth assist of the season against Swansea City after setting up Ander Herrera‘s strike.

Di Maria insists it is natural to experience ups and downs in a first season in a foreign country.

Speaking about his form, Di Maria said: ”I’ve had a couple of games where things haven’t gone as well as they could have. I think it’s part of that settling-in process to the English game.

“I started off quite well but I think that then made expectations rise and everyone thought I would just carry on in the same way. But football is like that, sometimes you have these ups and downs.

“It took me a while to settle fully in each of the countries where I’ve played before. I just have to keep working hard and focusing on what I want, which is to do as well as I possibly can.”

Di Maria’s form is worrying, particularly given how quickly Marcos Rojo has adjusted to the Premier League in comparison. The defender arrived from Sporting Lisbon last summer and has enjoyed a fine debut season for United.

Di Maria, on the other hand, has looked laboured and sluggish in recent games. Louis van Gaal has not helped the 27-year-old by employing him up front in a few matches but his performances are still a concern. Di Maria will be looking to turn things around starting with Sunderland on Saturday.

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