Angel Di Maria has revealed that Louis van Gaal was the key figure behind the deal that brought him to Manchester United.
The Red Devils smashed the British transfer record to bring Di Maria to Old Trafford, paying Real Madrid a reported £59.7 million. The fee surpassed the £50 million Chelsea paid Liverpool for Fernando Torres in 2011.
Unlike Torres, Di Maria hit the ground running at his new club scoring a goal and assisting another in the 4-0 win against QPR on Sunday. The 26-year-old confirmed that he is ready to work himself to the bone to pay back Van Gaal for giving him the chance to play for Manchester United.
"Van Gaal was really important for me, in order to come here," Di Maria told Perform.
"[He] was one of the first [people] who spoke about bringing me here. The coach always has the last word about the players he wants.
"I am really grateful to him because, thanks [to] him, I am now playing for United.
Real Madrid exit
Having emerged as one of Real Madrid's best players last season, it was a surprise to see Real Madrid so eager to cash in on Di Maria. Reports were that Florentino Perez needed to balance to books after forking out £63 million for James Rodriguez.
However, Di Maria has said that the time was right for him to leave the La Liga outfit, saying he was in need of a change of scenery. He believes moving to Manchester United will help him improve as a player.
'Change my life'
He said: "I keep trying to improve every day and for that reason I wanted to come here to United. I needed to change my life. I will try my best to play the right way. I will try my best every match and show my arrival at Old Trafford was worthy.
"Manchester United are trying to grow."
Manchester United fans were delighted to see Di Maria join the club in the summer, but his arrival was also supplemented by the likes of Radamel Falcao and his Argentina team-mate Marcos Rojo.
Both made their debuts against QPR and Di Maria has backed Rojo to succeed in the Premier League.
"Marcos Rojo [has] shown at the World Cup [that] he is capable,” said Di Maria.
"He did really well there and he deserved to come here. Hopefully he will be able to improve every day as he did at the World Cup and he will bring a lot of good things to United."