Manchester United's Di Maria admits 'very good friendships' with City players

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Angel Di Maria says he will not be taking it lightly on his friends Pablo Zabaleta and Sergio Aguero tomorrow.

Tomorrow will see plenty of Manchester United players play in their first Manchester derby - after their extensive recruitment drive in the summer.

That includes £59.7 million newbie Angel Di Maria.

The former Real Madrid man has been in excellent form since his Manchester United arrival and will be hoping to carry that momentum into the derby tomorrow afternoon.

Di Maria has been speaking about life in Manchester recently - sounding very content with his new surroundings.

It helps he has Argentine's around him to help him settle in. Of course that is not just in the form of fellow newbie Marcos Rojo, but two players he will toe-to-toe with tomorrow - Pablo Zabaleta and Sergio Aguero.

Di Maria plays international football with the pair, featuring at the World Cup with the pair this summer as Argentina made it to the final in Brazil.

So tomorrow when they clash, will there be anything left behind?

According to Di Maria, once he crosses that line, friendship is forgotten.

He told the official United website:

“Of course we’ll say hi and shake hands. It’s great for us with the very good friendships we enjoy to be here together in the same city, in Manchester. When you’re outside Argentina it’s good to have friends here. But on matchday that friendship is put aside because it’s all about the shirt. They’re blue, I’m red and our friendship ends during the match. But off the pitch it’s great to have them here."

Fighting talk from Di Maria. Manchester United will hope his actions speak even louder.

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