Manchester United winger Di Maria has revealed that it was Cristiano Ronaldo who prompted him to join the Red Devils following his dramatic exit from Real Madrid this summer.

Di Maria fell out spectacularly with Florentino Perez before making a £60 million move to Manchester United. The Argentine had on previous occasions revealed that it was Ronaldo who convinced Perez to hold on to the player. The Portuguese himself criticized Perez for letting go of Angel and cast his doubts on the marquee signing of James Rodriguez and Toni Kroos.

Angel Di Maria has now revealed that it was Cristiano Ronaldo who told Di Maria that a move to Manchester United would be a good decision following his exit from Real Madrid.

“Before we knew I was coming to Manchester, he told me it’s a massive club, I would be very happy here and it would be good for me.”

“At that time we didn’t know for sure that I was coming or not, so we didn’t go into great detail, but what he did say helped me greatly to make my decision.”

The Argentine went to comment that it was an honour to be wearing the No 7 jersey at Manchester United as he was following in the footsteps of David Beckham and Cristiano Ronaldo himself.

“When you wear a shirt that’s been worn by the likes of David Beckham and Cristiano Ronaldo, it’s something you’re always going to be pleased about. The fact that the club have chosen to give me that shirt number also gives me a huge confidence boost, so that’s why I’m very happy to have this number.”

Meanwhile Sir Alex Ferguson has hailed Louis Van Gaal’s methods at Manchester United and believes that the Dutchman has been ‘brilliant’ so far in charge at Old Trafford.

Ever since his arrival at United, the Dutchman has stamped his authority at the club and made it clear that he was not in awe of the club like David Moyes and has unhesitatingly brought changes to the club.

"Maybe he’s doing the right thing by clearing the decks."

“Maybe he’s doing the right thing by clearing the decks.”

Talking in a recent interview, Sir Alex revealed that Van Gaal is doing the right thing by bringing about changes at the club. He was in favour of ‘clearing the decks’ and building his ‘own team’ which could be interpreted as his approval to let go of players like Nani, Kagawa, Welbeck and others this summer while bringing in several fresh faces.

“Louis van Gaal has made a lot of changes and, thinking about that, actually maybe he’s doing the right thing, to clear the decks and build his own team. Because he’s got the experience and coaching ability to do that. The way he’s approached it I think has been brilliant.”

It now remains to be seen if the changes reap any benefit for the club and if Louis Van Gaal can return Manchester United back to its winning ways.