Angel di Maria has revealed in this month’s Inside United that Cristiano Ronaldo advised him that he should join Manchester United after leaving Real Madrid.

Before we knew I was coming to Manchester for sure, he told me it was a massive club and that I would be very happy here and it would be good for me. At that time, we didn’t know for sure that I was coming or not, so we didn’t go into great detail, but what he did say helped me greatly to make my decision. It was a very big moment in my career. Leaving a club like Real and coming to as big a club as Manchester United makes you grow as a player and helps you progress in your career. It was a very important moment and I’m really happy here. Let’s hope things go well for me so I can be here for many years.