Di Maria on life at United and what he dislikes most about living in England

Angel Di Maria

Manchester United winger Angel Di Maria has opened up about adapting to life in English football.

It's not always easy for foreign footballers to adapt to life in England, especially ones that come with the transfer fee and reputation the size of Angel Di Maria's. 

So far though the Argentine seems to have taken to the Premier League like a duck to water. The British record signing has scored three and assisted a further six in the 11 games he has played for the Red Devils, and admits his style of play has made it easier to adapt to the English game.

In an interview with Sport Magazine, Di Maria said: “It is difficult to come to a new country and start a new life. It is also complicated going through a change in terms of the style of game. So it is not easy. But when things go well on the pitch, that makes the adaptation a bit easier.”

“I am a quick player and English football is quite fast and intense, just like I am. So my style suits it well.

"The adaptation to a new country is never easy, but I got on the right foot from the very beginning. I scored goals and provided some assists, and that helped me a lot. But obviously I know I have to keep on improving."

When the talismanic winger left the beauty of Madrid for Manchester late in the summer he also left behind much longer days and glorious weather. In the north Di Maria has quickly had to get used cold rainy days and very dark nights.

It is this climate that Di Maria says is the hardest thing about living in England compared to Spain: “It’s much colder here and it gets dark a lot earlier than in Spain.

"I have no problem with the food or anything – there is not much difference between what I had in Spain and what I have here. My only problem is with the cold temperatures.”

If the winger thinks that the weather he's experienced so far has been tough, then he's going to get a big shock come late December/January when he's struggling to drive into training because Manchester is covered in snow.

United fans will be hoping to see their star player, who is currently injured, back on the pitch sooner rather than later. He suffered a minor hamstring pull in the weekend win over Hull City, but after fears that it could be serious, United boss Louis van Gaal revealed it was "not so heavy".

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