Global Sports : Di Maria Ready For Tough Run

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Manchester United’s Angel di Maria is relishing the upcoming run of fixtures that could make or break their bid for a Champions League berth.
Di Maria sat out the 3-0 victory over Tottenham following his dismissal for tugging referee Michael Oliver’s shirt in United’s FA Cup defeat to Arsenal, moments after he was booked for simulation.
And the Argentina international, who arrived at Old Trafford in August from Real Madrid for £59.7m, is looking forward forward to a testing run of fixtures that starts with a trip to Liverpool on Sunday.
After taking on an improving Aston Villa side, United face Manchester City and Chelsea as the chase for a top four finish intensifies, with Di Maria insistent the United players are raring to go.
“We are all aware that a number of big games are just around the corner, and the season will be decided by these fixtures,” Di Maria told United Review.
“We know all about these upcoming games and we have been thinking and talking about them for quite some time now.
“We’ve known that everything would be at stake over this final period of the season.”
United lead Liverpool by just two points but they are also only two points behind second-place Manchester City and Di Maria is optimistic about the chances of United finishing in a position to qualify for next season’s Champions League.
“Everyone at the club is 100 per cent confident,” he said. “We know we want to get back into the Champions League and that we want to be fighting it out.
“We’ll 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.

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