LONDON: Manchester United’s new winger Angel Di Maria will not change the course of their troubled season straight away following his British record transfer from Real Madrid, manager Louis van Gaal said on Tuesday.
The Dutchman was speaking after United’s humiliating 4-0 loss at third-tier Milton Keynes Dons in the League Cup second round had compounded their terrible start to the campaign.
“I think that he (Di Maria) can contribute and that is very important but we don’t have to expect that from tomorrow our world has changed,” van Gaal told Sky Sports after the Argentina international signed for 59.7m pounds ($98.77m).
“He has to adapt to the culture of England, the culture of the Premier League and the philosophy of Manchester United.
“He shall contribute very much in our way of playing. He is a creative player. I can change the system with Di Maria. He can play as a winger and he can also play in midfield,” he added.
The experienced Van Gaal has yet to fashion a win during his three competitive matches in charge of United this season.
Their thrashing by MK Dons followed a 2-1 defeat against Swansea City, United’s first opening day loss at home since 1972, and a 1-1 draw against Sunderland in the Premier League.