Manchester United winger Angel Di Maria feels adapting to a new life in England has proved to be quite a challenge, but insists that his on field heroics with the Premier League club has helped ease this transition.
After an illustrious four year long career in Spain with Real Madrid, stretching across 191 appearances, and winning major silver ware including the Champions League victory last year, the Argentine international joined the Red Devils in a massive £60 million deal, on a day when the English giants succumbed to a humiliating 4 -0 defeat against League One side MK Dons in the Capital One Cup in August.
Dutch manager Louis van Gaal brought the player to Old Trafford in his attempts of redeeming a side that went from being the defending champions to ending the season at 7th in the league table last season, and the 26-year-old did just that by scoring thrice and assisting on six other occasions in his nine league appearances so far.
But the player has seemed a little off in his recent outings and a hamstring injury, which made him sit out of United’s 2-1 win over Stoke City on Tuesday, has only made matters worse, and Di Maria admits that adapting to a new country, language and a new style of play hasn’t come that easily for him. However, he feels that the support of the manager and the team has helped him a lot, though there is still a lot of ground for improvement.
“It is difficult to come to a new country and start a new life”, the former Benfica player was quoted as saying by talkSport.
“I must adapt to my team-mates, because there are still some moments in the game in which I feel I am not fully adapted yet. The language barrier has also made it a bit harder, but I am trying to overcome that as soon as possible so I can communicate with everyone.
“It is also complicated going through a change in terms of the style of game. So it is not easy. But when things go well on the pitch, that makes the adaptation a bit easier”, the player added.
Di Maria will be raring to get back on the field when his side takes on third placed Southampton and then host Liverpool over the next two weeks.