Angel di Maria watches Coronation Street to learn English

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New Manchester United duo Angel di Maria and Marcos Rojo have chosen a surprising method to help them settle into life at their new club - by watching British soap opera Coronation Street.

The pair arrived at Old Trafford over the summer, with Di Maria becoming the most expensive player in British football history following his switch from Real Madrid.


Rojo set Manchester United back a further £18 million as they went about splashing around £150 million on six new players in the summer transfer window. Earlier this season Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal confirmed that he hoped his new players would be able to speak English within the next 12 months.

It seems some are taking it more seriously than others, with the Mirror reporting that Di Maria and Rojo have turned to television in order to understand their new team-mates.


In particular they hope that Coronation Street, a soap set in the fictional Manchester town of Weatherfield, in order to understand the local accent.

There may be a slight problem with the plan however - there are only a small handful of Manucnian players in the Old Trafford dressing room, with Spanish seemingly the dominant language.

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Di Maria, Rojo, Juan Mata, David de Gea, Radamel Falcao, Ander Herrera all speak the language, although Van Gaal, who is multilingual, is adamant that they will all be speaking English sooner rather than later.


"You know already that all the Spanish players have lessons in English so we have started already more than two weeks,' he said back in September.

'We are only two weeks in this country because we were in the USA and after that we had the international week. But I can speak Spanish so it is better to communicate sometimes on the pitch in Spanish.

'But they shall learn English within one year, I promise.'

Despite the lack of communication things are starting to look a little better for Manchester United after back-to-back Premier League victories..

They claimed a tight win over West Ham two weeks ago before seeing off Everton at Old Trafford on Sunday. Those wins move them up to 4th place in the Premier League, with a showdown against West Brom to come after the international break.

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