Manchester United winger Angel di Maria has insisted that he's prepared to fight for the club's shirt ahead of this weekend's Manchester derby, reports ITV.com.
The Argentine winger, who joined the Red Devils this past summer from Spanish giants Real Madrid, has enjoyed a fine start to his Old Trafford career, and he seems in determined mood ahead of tomorrow's showdown with the Premier League champions.
As well as insisting that he's prepared to defend the club's pride, he's revealed that there will be no friendships on the pitch, despite the fact that he will be playing against some of his fellow Argentine international teammates.
Ahead of the derby, the winger told reporters: "We've got good friendships over the years and no matter what the colour of your shirt, you still see each other socially.
"I think it's right to say 'hi' and greet each other [in the tunnel] whether it's an ex-team-mate or a good friend. I think that's normal.
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"There are no friendships out on the pitch. Once you're on the field, you forget all that. Everyone, no matter which side you are on, is fighting for the shirt. You are defending the pride of your colours."
Will he star?
Di Maria, then, will be hoping to impress against the Citizens tomorrow afternoon, as he looks to continue his fine form for the club. After a number of impressive displays under Louis van Gaal so far, the City showdown could prove to be Di Maria's toughest test in a United shirt to date.
It's expected that he will be joined in the side by club captain Wayne Rooney as the Red Devils go in search of goals at the Etihad, but Colombian hit man Radamel Falcao will miss the clash through injury.