Manchester United's record-breaking star Angel di Maria has shared his delight after enjoying a debut to remember at Old Trafford, while also insisting he's acutely aware of the importance attached to his new number seven shirt at the Theatre of Dreams.
Di Maria opened the scoring against Queens Park Rangers with an in-swinging free kick and never looked back from that point on, the driving force in a 4-0 victory which also saw him tee up Juan Mata and deliver his first United assist and goal in the same game.
Ability to deliver under pressure
The £230,000-a-week star has huge pressure attached to his British record £59.7m price tag but is determined to meet lofty expectations that have only grown following a tremendous home bow.
In an interview with Fox Sports Radio Del Plata relayed by Sky Sports the Argentine winger revealed: "I wished very much for the day of my debut at Old Trafford and I did in the best way, scoring a goal. The happiness is enormous."
Seventh heaven for Angel
The 26-year-old was also asked about how it felt to continue a tradition of wearing the famous United number seven shirt, a line of inquiry he will probably grow accustomed to as the season wears on.
Cristiano Ronaldo, George Best, David Beckham and Eric Cantona have helped make sure United's most famous squad number is one of the few with any mystique left in the modern game, a tradition Di Maria has vowed to fight for.
He insisted: "It is very nice to use this number. Many important players have worn this shirt and I am going to do all that is possible to not let down this shirt."
"We have a coach that wants the very best from each player. We put a lot of pressure on in the attack, we handled the ball and we got near to our rivals’ goal many times."
Madrid on the verge of high-profile mutiny
The fallout from a blockbuster late summer transfer is still continuing at both United and Real Madrid, with hugely contrasting views.
Red Devils fans are obviously delighted with the final piece of their £150m summer jigsaw, but key Madrid figures including Cristiano Ronaldo are unhappy that a key part of their Champions League winning team has been shipped out despite delivering consistently excellent performances over the last six months.
For Di Maria it's very much a case of looking forward though and at the very least ensuring United are back in Europe's premier club competition next season, a crusade which continues on Saturday against Leicester City at the King Power Stadium.
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