Angel Di Maria: Wearing the Manchester United No 7 shirt like David Beckham and Cristiano Ronaldo is a source of motivation

Winger has excelled at United since joining for £59.7m

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Angel Di Maria says the wearing the No 7 shirt for Manchester United is a "source of motivation" and that being the holder of the illustrious squad number inspires him.

The Argentine has made a terrific start to his career at United since signing from Real Madrid for £59.7 in August, scoring three goals in his last four matches for the club.

The 26-year-old says that being handed the famed number, which has been worn by club legends such as George Best, Eric Cantona, David Beckham and Cristiano Ronaldo in the past, gave him a huge confidence boost when he joined the club.

"It is a source of motivation," he claimed. "When you wear a shirt that’s been worn by the likes of David Beckham and Cristiano Ronaldo, it’s something you’re always going to be pleased about.


"The fact that the club have chosen to give me that shirt number also gives me a huge confidence boost, so that’s why I’m very happy to have this number."