Angel Di Maria has told Manchester United fans to get over the departure from the club's traditional style of play, telling them there is a new one at Old Trafford.
Louis van Gaal has been making drastic readjustments to the football philosophy at Old Trafford that brought so much success under the lengthy reign of Sir Alex Ferguson.
With the performances and results failing to reflect the Fergie years, the direction the club is heading has been scrutinised, none more so than after the recent defeat to Southampton in which United failed to register a single shot on target.
However, £59.7m summer signing Di Maria has defended the revolution taking place under the club's Dutch manager and urged supporters to let go of the old ways.
"From the start of the season to now, you can see that we've grown," he told MUTV.
"We weren't so great at the beginning but we've started getting a few victories under our belts.
"There are some people saying that we're not playing in a particularly good style or that it's not the old Manchester United - but it's not.
"We're beginning something new here. We've got a new style, we've got a new manager and we're all working hard to make sure we're putting Manchester United back where it belongs.
"We're focusing on growing as a team, working hard and getting as many points as we can.
"We all know the Premier League is difficult, but all we're focusing on now is meeting our objectives and our targets for the year.
"So whether it's qualifying for the Champions League, making sure that we do well in the FA Cup or getting as high in the league as possible, these are things we are going for now."
Manchester United summer signings - assessed
Manchester United summer signings - assessed
1/6 Ander Herrera (£29million)
A long-term target for the club, Herrera finally arrived from Bilbao for nearly £30m, United’s first move of the window. The Spaniard has had a couple of injury problems of his own but, inexplicably if you ask fans, has not found favour under Van Gaal. The midfielder, classy on the ball and strong in the tackle, looks a good player whenever he plays, but has only started six Premier League matches. Hit or Miss? MISS
2/6 Luke Shaw (£30m)
Struggled with fitness (and perhaps weight) issues at the start of the season, feeling Van Gaal’s wrath. Had to wait until the end of September to make his first start for his new team. Clearly talented the England teenager has grown in confidence and gained the confidence of his manager; Shaw is now a starter on the left when fit. HIT
3/6 Marcos Rojo (£16m)
Another who has struggled with injury problems, Rojo has only started 10 matches this season. Has been inconsistent and erratic in his performances and has a long way to go to reach the level of the men he replaced, Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand. MISS
4/6 Angel Di Maria (£59.7m)
The British record signing started his United career fantastically, looking like a player worth all the money that was paid for him. But sadly for the club he has picked up a series of injuries that have limited him to just 131 minutes of action since the end of November. United know they overpaid for him, but he will come good when fit. MISS
5/6 Daley Blind (£14m)
When Blind started his first couple of games, fans and pundits wondered if the club had found a new midfield linchpin. But Blind was then injured and Michael Carrick returned in great form, leaving a those same fans and pundits wondering what the fuss over the Dutchman was about. His versatility will come in handy in the future, however. MISS
6/6 Radamel Falcao (£6m loan)
The biggest disappointment of them all, Falcao arrived on an expensive loan deal that United are now hesitant of extending. The Colombian star has played well in spots, but he was bought for his goals and has produced just three of them in his 13 matches. Still far from full fitness or his very best, a permanent deal will not happen unless Monaco lower their £43m asking price, or the striker begins to find the kind of form that made him one of the world’s best. MISS
Di Maria's arrival in the summer as the club's record signing has not been all plain sailing, with Sunday's defeat by Southampton the Argentina international's first appearance in the starting line-up since November because of injury.
The 26-year-old admits adjusting following his switch from Real Madrid has taken some time, but is targeting a major improvement in the second half of the season.
"It is difficult for a player, especially when you come to a new club," he added.
"You just want to arrive and you want to show them how well you can play.
"So when these things happen it is unfortunate but, that said, the important thing was that when I came back I needed to make sure that I could help the team and that's what I did.
"It's important for me and important for the team to be really doing my best and showing what I am capable of."
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