Real Madrid superstar Angel di Maria is backing former Real teammate Angel di Maria to send Manchester United back to glory in the English Premier League, and United’s Argentinian winger now wears the shirt number No. 7 at Old Trafford, worn by Red Devils legends George Best, Bryan Robson, Eric Cantona, David Beckham and Ronaldo, during his time in Manchester.
In Ronaldo’s glorious reign with United, the Portuguese international won the UEFA Champions’ League, three Premier League titles and an English FA Cup before departing for the Santiago Bernabeu five years ago.
And now Ronaldo is confident United’s new No. 7 and former Real buddy Di Maria can lead United back into the promised land after a turbulent last season.
Ronaldo admits he would love to see United return to the Champions’ League, hopefully as soon as next season, where he would relish the chance of once more facing the club he still loves.
And he’s sure the dream of being crowned champions of England is possible if new boss Louis van Gaal is given time like former manager Sir Alex Ferguson was almost three decades before him.
And as United prepare for today’s test against current league-leaders Chelsea, Ronaldo has no doubt that £59.7 million record buy Di Maria will bring the titles flooding back to Old Trafford.
“You have already seen with his attacking play and goals that he will be a big star for them. Angel was always an important player for Real Madrid in the big games – he always rises to the occasion.”
After helping Real to a 3-1 Spanish La Liga Clasico win over deadly rivals Barcelona, Ronaldo can’t wait to sit in front of the telly to watch Di Maria and the rest of the United boys in the Premier League classic against Jose Mourinho’s title-chasers.
“I’m supporting Angel and wishing him the best. I had six fantastic years in Manchester. It was a great moment for me and my career to be there and I learned a lot,” he added.
“It is one of the biggest and best clubs in the world and I know Angel will be a big player there, too. To change Spain for England is always going to be a big difference because the weather is not the same in Manchester as it is in Madrid.”
“It’s colder, often raining and always cloudy.”
“But the Premier League is fantastic – maybe the first or second in the world. And he will enjoy it, I know.”
“Of course it’s going to be a big challenge for him but I’m 100 per cent sure he will be a massive success.”
United boss Van Gaal has not found instant success after he splashed £152 million on new players during the summer, but Ronaldo said: “Sometimes coaches need time to change the team to what they want. I read something from Sir Alex saying Van Gaal will need time. He is right.”
“In the beginning even Sir Alex didn’t win anything for a few years. It was a complicated time for him, also, while he got the team together that he wanted.”
“To get a good team and a good squad takes time so let’s give Van Gaal the time he needs. He is a fantastic coach and very experienced.”
“I am certain he will make United champions again if not this year then very soon after that.”
“It would be good to play against United in the Champions League next year. I hope so. I want to play against them again.”