Angel di Maria is set to take the No7 shirt at Manchester United. United are moving to wrap up the British record €70 million signing of the Real Madrid star today.

The Mail on Sunday says it is likely Di Maria will be asked to play wing-back in Van Gaal's formation but he will also be given opportunities to play as a free ranging centre forward.

United fans angered by what they have seen as the club's lacklustre performance in the transfer market will be encouraged by the latest developments, even though Di Maria's signing does not address critical issues in the centre of defence and midfield.

If United sign Di Maria it will ease the pressure on Ed Woodward, the executive chairman, who was being lined up to take the blame for another unimpressive transfer window and who, as the representative of the unpopular Glazers, is the most viable scapegoat.

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