Don't expect miracles from Di Maria, Van Gaal says

AP, Thursday 28 Aug 2014

Angel Di Maria
Manchester United's new signing Angel Di Maria (L) poses for a photograph with his shirt and with manager Louis van Gaal at Old Trafford in Manchester, northern England August 28, 2014 (Photo: Reuters)

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal says instant miracles shouldn't be expected from Angel Di Maria.

After missing out on European football this season with a disappointing seventh-place finish in the Premier League in May, United slumped to a 4-0 loss to third-tier club MK Dons in the League Cup on Tuesday.

The 20-time English champions were still able to attract one of the world's top players in Di Maria, the Argentina midfielder who joined from Real Madrid for 75 million euros ($99 million).

Di Maria is being hailed as the cure to United's problems but at the player's official presentation Thursday, Van Gaal says ''we cannot expect after two days training session that he is the miracle what I already read.''

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