Angel di Maria has admitted that he and his family are struggling to adapt to life in Manchester but is ready to stay and fight for his United career.
The Argentina international started like a house of fire after joining from Real Madrid for a record £59.7m last summer.
He scored three goals and created three more in his opening five games, but failed to score another goal in the entire Premier League campaign.
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Di Maria's form started to tail off shortly after he and his family were subjected to a failed armed raid on their house. His wife was left so traumatised by the incident that they were forced to move into a temporary apartment in the centre of Manchester.
It clearly affected the 27-year-old and Louis van Gaal eventually had little other choice but to drop him from the starting XI.
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Struggling with life
Now at the Copa America with Argentina, Di Maria has admitted for the first time that he is struggling with life as a Manchester United player.
Asked by an Ole journalist whether he was feeling uneasy with life at his new club, Di Maria replied: “Yes. For me, and my family. Because not everything goes as I want, because I don’t play. Because I came with an intention and end up on the bench. It’s hard to tell how I feel there.”
Dropped from the squad
His dip in form followed by the resurgence of Ashley Young saw Di Maria dropped to the bench for the latter part of the season.
"It’s a little hard to explain why I do not play”
Louis van Gaal's men did fine without him, sealing fourth place with several games remaining. But Di Maria is unsure as to why the Dutchman decided to drop him.
He continued: “I started well, with goals and assists. I was having a good time, until I was out. It’s a little hard to explain why I do not play.”
Ready to fight
His comments are likely to spark a number of rumours regarding a summer transfer with Bayern Munich and Barcelona thought to be interested.
"In Madrid there were times when I was whistled around the stadium but faced it and then it turned around"
However, Di Maria is prepared to stay and fight for his place in the squad, drawing comparison to his past experiences at Real Madrid as evidence for his resilient nature.
Asked if he’ll leave Manchester United, Di Maria replied: “No, because I’m not thinking like that. In Madrid there were times when I was whistled around the stadium but faced it and then it turned around. I like to deal with things.”
The Mesut Ozil model
Di Maria certainly has time on his side with regards to making his Manchester United career a success. Similarly, Mesut Ozil failed to establish himself at Arsenal in his debut season, but is starting to flourish after two years in the Premier League.
It included a lot of gym work for the Germany international, who is now noticeably bulkier than the slender frame he arrived with.
Di Maria, whose nickname in Spain was "The Noodle", needs to take inspiration and get himself into the weights room during his summer break if he is to have any chance of adapting to the physicality of the Premier League.
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