London - Angel di Maria has promised to make up for his spluttering start at Manchester United by firing his side into the Champions League.
Louis van Gaal's team face Sunderland at Old Trafford on Saturday with the race for a top four finish in the Premier League hotting up.
Fourth placed United are one point ahead of Southampton in fifth place and hope to return to winning ways after seeing a seven-game unbeaten run ended by a 2-1 loss at Swansea in their last outing.
Their bid to return to Europe's elite club competition after a one-year absence would be significantly boosted if di Maria can finally hit peak form.
The Argentina international has only offered occasional glimpses of his vast talent since a British record £59.7 million move from Real Madrid last year and he told MUTV: "I've had a couple of games where things haven't gone as well as they could have.
"I think it's part of that settling-in process to the English game.
"I started off quite well but I think that then made expectations rise and everyone thought I would just carry on in the same way.
"But football is like that, sometimes you have these ups and downs. It took me a while to settle fully in each of the countries where I've played before."