Angel di Maria has revealed that he had no reservations about a lack of Champions League football when joining Manchester United and that he is desperate to help his new club to win trophies.

The Argentine’s British record £59.7m transfer was confirmed on Tuesday, as he joined the Red Devils from Real Madrid.

Although United have endured a woeful start to the season, there is now a feeling of positivity among their supporters, who have been buoyed by the arrival of the World Cup finalist.

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Louis van Gaal has been brought in with the task of getting the club back to the top of the domestic and European game after a disastrous season under David Moyes, and Di Maria says that he’s determined to help:

“I am very pleased to play for United,” he told reporters. “I like the team and I wanted to come here even though they are not playing in the Champions League. I think I can help and work with the team well.

“I am very pleased with the manager for choosing me to come here. United have already won many trophies and are a very big team. I come to help the team raise their game and also be an important team once again. I want to win many trophies.”

Di Maria expressed some regret at having to leave Real in a letter to their fans, but reporters are believed to have been barred from questioning him on the subject.

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