Ryan Giggs: Angel di Maria not suffering crisis of confidence
Ryan Giggs has insisted Angel di Maria is not suffering a crisis of confidence at Manchester United.
Britain's most expensive footballer, Di Maria was substituted in United's recent wins over Sunderland and Newcastle after struggling on the right of a three-man attack.
The £59.7m signing started his United career explosively, scoring three goals in five games, but he has netted just once since at Yeovil.
Di Maria suffered an attempted break-in at his Prestbury mansion in January, which has since been put up for sale, but Giggs is adamant the Argentinian remains unaffected by his luckless run.
"I think his confidence is fine," Giggs told Press Association Sport.
"He's a quality player and we'll be looking for him to produce because it is big game after big game now.
"Players get used to different leagues, sometimes quickly and sometimes it takes a bit of time.
"He had a really good start to the season but with players who take risks and who can win games it's always difficult to be consistent because they will try things that other players won't do.
"They're capable of doing that and that's why they're match-winners and the best players."
Giggs was thrust into the limelight last week over his reaction to Ashley Young's winner at Newcastle.
Despite initially celebrating the goal, United assistant Giggs was stony-faced when Louis van Gaal approached him to celebrate the 89th-minute winner at St James's Park.
Rumours continue to swirl that the Old Trafford great is disenchanted on the United coaching staff, but Giggs is adamant he is happy working under Van Gaal.
"I've enjoyed every minute working under Louis," Giggs enthused.
"He's been brilliant with me and we've helped each other along the way.
"He's come into a new league which I know all about. I'm starting all over again with coaching and serving an apprenticeship and who better to learn from than someone who is a great leader and has won so much over the years?
"I'm learning all the time and just trying to prepare myself the best I can that if I do become a manager I'm best equipped."
Van Gaal has experimented with a number of formations in his first season with United and despite the team struggling to convince they have won 15 of their last 22 games.
Giggs expected the players to take time to grasp Van Gaal's management but is encouraged by United's 'good form'.
"This is the time really when results are the top focus and then the performances will come and the confidence you get from that," said Giggs.
"I think we've tried a lot of systems this year and obviously the manager's new to the players and new to the league, so that's going to take time.
"But over the last three months or so we've only been beaten twice and we're in pretty good form.
"It's tight and all the teams up there are in relatively good form.
"It could come to a few head-to-heads and we've got to play a few of the top teams yet, so it's going to be exciting right to the end."