Angel di Maria vows to step up his form for Man Utd

Angel di Maria accepts that he needs to improve his form for Manchester United in the coming weeks and months

By Dipak Patel

Angel di Maria admits that early expectations over his Manchester United performances have been difficult to live up to but believes this is normal when it comes to adjusting to a new league and country.

The Argentine started off brilliantly for the Red Devils, netting three goals and three assists in his first six games.

However, his form has dipped quite dramatically and the last goal he registered was at the beginning of January in a 2-0 win against Yeovil Town in the FA Cup.

The 27-year-old is aware that he hasn’t lived up to expectations after his £59.7m move from Real Madrid, but insists that he is working hard to try and rectify this.

“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,” Di Maria told MUTV.

“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 has received a lot of criticism lately, and Jamie Redknapp was very outspoken in his column for the Daily Mail about the Argentine’s apparent lack of interest during games.

Redknapp wrote: “When Angel di Maria arrived at Man United, we all thought: ‘Wow, what an addition to the Premier League!’ Now he looks like he’s not interested.

“At the start of the season, Di Maria was gliding across the field, but at the moment he looks weak and sluggish. We all know what he is capable of and the United fans deserve better.”

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Di Maria will get a chance to prove some of his critics wrong when United face Sunderland in a crucial fixture this weekend in the Premier League.

A win would put pressure on others challenging for a top-four finish and United will be confident of victory having won 10 of their last 12 games at Old Trafford.

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