Di Maria hopes to live up to rich tradition of Manchester United No. 7s

Manchester United winger Angel Di Maria has insisted he is enjoying life at Old Trafford and stated he is determined to succeed at the club following his record-breaking £59.7 million move from Real Madrid last summer.

Di Maria has been widely criticised by United supporters and the media for his uninspiring performances in recent months, with his red card in last Monday's FA Cup quarterfinal defeat against Arsenal a new low point of his time in English football.

After United boss Louis van Gaal has suggested Di Maria needed time to adapt to the demands of English football, the Argentine international has told the United Review that he is eager to find his feet and prove his worth at Old Trafford.

"I feel really good here and I'm genuinely happy to be wearing the No. 7 shirt," he stated of a jersey that has been previously worn by the likes of George Best, Bryan Robson, David Beckham and Cristiano Ronaldo.

"I know that some really great players have worn it in the past for Manchester United. Top, top players. I was really excited to wear that number, as it's the one I wear for Argentina and things have always gone really well for me. That's one reason I chose the number and also because so many great players have worn it before me.

"I hope that I can perform well and that the No. 7 shirt can keep its privileged place, high in the history of Manchester United."

Di Maria, who will sit out Sunday's vital Premier League game against Tottenham at Old Trafford as he serves a suspension following his dismissal against Arsenal, went on to suggest United's push for a top four finish is about to enter a crucial phase.

"We are all aware that a number of big games are just around the corner for ourselves and the season will be decided by these fixtures," he continued.

"We know all about these upcoming games and we have been thinking and talking about them for quite some time now.

"Since the time that the fixtures for the second half of the season came out, we've known that everything would be at stake over this final period.

"Everyone at the club is 100 percent confident, we know that we want to get back into the Champions League and that we want to be fighting it out.

"We will battle hard right to the end of the season. From what I know of the club, United always fight right to the end, and that's what we're going to do.

"I think that having so many new faces arriving and then playing in the first-team, it's never easy for them to settle in immediately alongside the established players who have been here a while.

"It takes time for a team to really hit the heights. We've picked up some big results along the way, we're near the top of the league and we shouldn't be too downbeat because we've achieved quite a lot so far."