Angel Di Maria and Daley Blind have thanked the Manchester United fans for having welcomed them with open arms since moving to Old Trafford in the summer. The duo joined from Real Madrid and Ajax respectively in late August and have already become a vital part of a new look Manchester United team under Louis van Gaal.
Di María signed a five-year deal with Manchester United to become the fifth most expensive transfer of all time for the highest fee ever paid by a British club. But the pressure that comes with the price tag seems to have had no effect on him whatsoever. He has already scored three goals in five appearances this season and is completely justifying the huge layout on him by Ed Woodward. His dazzling runs and fizzing crosses have been vital to our attacking play as he has chipped in with a fair amount of assists too.
Blind on the other hand has had a solid start to his career at Old Trafford. His late goal against West Brom was a huge boost for the team’s confidence and he has adapted quickly to become one of the first picks on the team sheet for Louis van Gaal. His neat and effective ball distribution and retention in midfield has been exemplary.
Having had a good start to their careers at Old Trafford with some great performances on the pitch, it’s good to see them adapt to life off the pitch so well too.
While neither of them has fully explored the city of Manchester, they already feel at home after being showered with love and affection from the people of this city. Blind spoke to Manchester United’s official match day programme, United Review, saying:
“I have run into some fans in the city and it’s been very nice. Everybody in the city has been very kind and polite. It is not only at the club but also in Manchester when I meet people. I’m very happy and I am really enjoying it here.”
Just like Blind, Di Maria has also settled down well in Manchester and was impressed by the hospitality shown to him by the people of this city. Speaking to United Review, Di Maria said:
“The people here are amazing. I feel really comfortable, very happy and really pleased. The way that people treat you really makes you feel good in your heart.
“I have not really had much of a chance to get to know the city very well, with the move and with my family, but I am really pleased and happy to be here. So far I have just been going to work and then going home.
“When I first arrived here, I was in the city centre for a couple of days but I have seen nothing else really, but I plan to in the future.
“When we are coming out after training or after the games, I have had a chance to meet some of the fans and it makes me happy that they love us so much and have got so much affection for us.
“I am trying to do my best to pay them back when I am on the field, so that the people are happy. They are really polite, they are always saying please and always saying thank you. That is really nice and I am really happy here.
“Having everybody behind you at Old Trafford all the time is great as well. The fans are always singing and supporting you. When things aren’t going well, they still carry on supporting you and that really pushes you on and makes you want to give your most.”
Many players in the past have had an issue in adapting to the weather in Manchester, often complaining about the cold and damp atmosphere, so it’s good to see them adapt so easily and quickly both on and off the pitch.
This article was written by Jash Mehta. You can follow him on Twitter.