Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has told the highly spirited fans of the club not to expect ‘miracles’ from new signing Angel di Maria.
Di Maria, a highly-coveted Argentina international joined the Manchester side earlier this week in a record £59.7million deal from Real Madrid.
The 26-year-old has been handed the club’s famous number seven shirt and his arrival has the potential to excite fans after a poor start to the season.
Van Gaal, however, has warned he cannot be expected to transform fortunes immediately.
“I am very pleased that we can have such a class player in our squad but you have many class players,” he said. “For me it is also important that he is a team player and that is what I am liking in Di Maria – not only class, and that he can accelerate the game for us, but that he can also play in the interests of the team.
“That is why we have chosen this player and I hope he shall give us good results, but we cannot expect after two days’ training sessions that he is the miracle what I already read (about).
“No, you have to work for the miracle and he knows that.”
United are yet to win a match this season and, on Tuesday, were knocked out of the Capital One Cup in humiliating fashion, 4-0 by League One MK Dons.
Questions have been asked of Van Gaal’s tactics, notably his 3-5-2 formation, and consequently where Di Maria would fit into that.
Van Gaal said: “I only buy players that can improve our philosophy so I have spoken already about his way of playing in the interests of the team.
“He can accelerate our play and our style of play but he fits in our philosophy.
“But what he can do more than fit in our philosophy, is I can change the system for him and maybe I shall do that in the future, like I have already done against Swansea City.
“He played at Real Madrid not only as a wide wing player but also in midfield so that is also a reason why we are convinced he shall succeed.”