Angel di Maria class hailed by Louis van Gaal

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Louis van Gaal enthused about Angel di Maria during the Manchester United record signing’s official unveiling on Thursday afternoon, claiming the Argentina international is the ideal player to fit with his philosophy at Old Trafford.

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Record deal

Manchester United paid a British benchmark £59.7 million to confirm Di Maria’s acquisition from Real Madrid after the deal accelerated over the weekend, and he has been given the iconic No.7 shirt at his new club - something confirmed before the press conference.

Di Maria is expected to make his Manchester United debut in the weekend encounter with newly-promoted Burnley as the club seek a first win of this fledgling campaign, and Van Gaal is optimistic his latest signing will have a positive impact on results.

Van Gaal delight

"I am very pleased that we can have such a class player in our squad," Van Gaal said.

"You have many class players but, for me, it is important that he is a team player. That is what I like in Di Maria, not only his class.

"He can accelerate the game for us but he can also play in the interest of the team. That is why we have chosen this player and I hope he shall give us good results.”

He added: "He fits into our philosophy. What he can do more to fit in our philosophy is that I can change the system with him and maybe we shall do that in the future, during a match or something like that, which I did against Swansea City.

“He played in Real Madrid not only as a wide wing player but also in midfield. That is also a reason why we are convinced that he shall succeed."

Defensive cover needed

While the signing of Di Maria is clearly a good one for Manchester United with the 26-year-old set to become a player of great importance, it does not disguise the need for further quality reinforcements before the transfer deadline.

With less than a week remaining of this transfer window, the club have yet to adequately compensate for the departures of Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic, with Marcos Rojo so far the only central defensive recruit of the summer.

If Van Gaal continues to persist with a back three, as he well may, then the requirement for another defender becomes even more important. Daley Blind has been linked, but he is hardly the recognised centre-back needed to replace the loss of over 700 appearances.

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