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Angel di Maria struggling with language barrier at Manchester United

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Manchester United’s record signing Angel di Maria has admitted that not being able to speak English has made things difficult since arriving from Real Madrid at the end of the summer transfer window.

The Argentina international, who became the most expensive player in British football history after completing his £60 million move to Old Trafford in late August, hinted that Manchester United fans will only see the very best of him once he conquers the language barrier.

“I must adapt to my team-mates, because there are still some moments in the game in which I feel I am not fully adapted yet,” Di Maria revealed in an interview with Sport magazine. “The language barrier has also made it a bit harder, but I am trying to overcome that as soon as possible so I can communicate with everyone.”

United's Spanish contingent

“The language barrier has also made it a bit harder, but I am trying to overcome that as soon as possible so I can communicate with everyone.” - Angel di Maria.

Fortunately Di Maria is surrounded by a large Spanish contingent at Old Trafford - including the likes of David de Gea, Ander Herrera, Juan Mata and compatriot Marcos Rojo - which has helped to ease the challenge of settling into his new surroundings.

The world-class South American, who was named Man of the Match in this year’s Champions League final as Real Madrid finally landed their tenth European Cup, is already a firm favourites in the eyes of the Manchester United supporters thanks to his impressive early performances.

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The new Red Devils’ number seven has netted three goals and provided six assists in nine appearances, while his international form in recent months have been sensational.

Cold weather

However, Di Maria has confessed that he has another problem with living in Manchester: the cold weather.

“It’s much colder here and it gets dark a lot earlier than in Spain,” the former Benfica and Real Madrid star added. “I have no problem with the food or anything – there is not much difference between what I had in Spain and what I have here.

“My only problem is with the cold temperatures.”

Christmas schedule

With that in mind, it will be interesting to see whether the 26-year-old’s performances tail off over the forthcoming weeks - the busiest period in Manchester United’s season.

Louis van Gaal’s side are currently fourth in the Premier League table but go head-to-head with Southampton, Liverpool, Aston Villa, Newcastle United, Tottenham and Stoke City before January 2.

Di Maria is currently nursing a hamstring injury and is unlikely to be fit for Monday night’s Premier League clash against the Saints, but should be in contention to face fierce rivals Liverpool on December 14.

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