Angel Di Maria's Manchester United squad number confirmed at unveiling

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Di Maria was unveiled to the media after signing from Real Madrid for a British record fee

Angel Di Maria was officially unveiled as a Manchester United player today after he completed a record £59.6 million move from Real Madrid on Tuesday, and it was confirmed he will wear the number seven shirt after much speculation.

The 26-year-old became Manchester United's fourth signing of the summer following Ander Herrera, Luke Shaw and Marcos Rojo into the club.

Many see the signing of Di Maria as integral to United's rebuilding process following a disappointing campaign last season where they ended up without a trophy, and European football for this season.

So far this term, United have only picked up the one point from their first two games, and were humiliated by League One side Milton Keynes Dons in the Capital One Cup.

Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal said: "I'm very pleased we can have such a class player in our squad.

"It's important that he is a team player and that is what I'm liking in our player. Not only class, he can accelerate the game for us but he can play in the interest of the team.

"I hope he shall give us good results but we can not expect after two trainings that he is the miracle. You have to work for the miracle."

Van Gaal confirmed that he will be sticking with his philosophy, and current system of a 3-5-2 formation.

He added: "He played in Real Madrid not only as a wide wing player, but also in midfield. That is also a reason why we are confident he shall succeed."

Di Maria didn't seem put off by United's lack of Champions League football, or their seventh-place finish in the Premier League last season.

The Argentine, who starred in Real Madrid's Champions League final win, said: "Manchester United has already won many trophies and are a very big team. I come to help and raise the game and become an important team once again, to win many trophies with them.

"I'm very pleased to play for Manchester United. I like the team and I wanted to come here even though they're not playing in the Champions League. I want to help the team get into the Champions League. I'm pleased with the manager for choosing me to come to Manchester United."

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