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MANCHESTER, England - Angel Di Maria will provide an ailing Manchester United with plenty of missing qualities following his big-money move from Real Madrid — pace, energy, incisiveness and goals. Just dont expect instant miracles from the Argentina midfielder. "I hope he shall give us good results," Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal said at Di Marias official presentation on Thursday, "but we cannot expect after two days training that he is the miracle what I already read. "No, you have to work for the miracle and he knows that." At its lowest ebb since the late 1980s, United is attempting to buy its way out of trouble with Di Marias arrival for 59.7 million pounds ($99 million) taking the 20-time English champions spending to about 130 million pounds ($215 million). And investment is definitely required. After missing out on European football this season with a disappointing seventh-place finish in the Premier League in May, United slumped to a 4-0 loss to third-tier club MK Dons in the League Cup on Tuesday — one of the most embarrassing results in its history. Such is the prestige and history of United that it was still able to attract one of the worlds top players in Di Maria, who helped Madrid become European champion for a 10th time last season. Thats the level Di Maria hopes he will soon be returning to with United. "I come to Manchester United in order to help the team raise their game and become an important team again," Di Maria said through a translator. Before his presentation, a highlight reel was played of Di Marias best moments during Madrids two legs against United in the Champions League two seasons ago. There was the whipped cross for Cristiano Ronaldos headed goal. A piece of skill to evade Phil Jones. A dribble around Patrice Evra before unleashing a fierce shot that flew just wide. But the most obvious quality on show was his work rate and relentless energy from midfield. "It is important that he is a team player and that is what Im liking in Di Maria," Van Gaal said. "Not only class — he can accelerate the game for us — but he can also play in the interests of the team and that is why we have chosen for this player. "He is a very modest guy and he wants to work. He showed that also last year — he played 52 matches and gave 22 assists. How many players can say that? Twenty-two assists. Then you are also a very social being and in the football world, that is also the case." Di Marias debut is likely to come at Burnley on Saturday, when United goes looking for a first win of the Premier League season after losing to Swansea and drawing at Sunderland. He will be wearing the iconic No. 7 shirt previously donned by club greats Cristiano Ronaldo, David Beckham, George Best and Eric Cantona. Instead of providing added pressure, that simply gives Di Maria added pride. "I was aware of the importance of the No. 7 shirt, Cristiano Ronaldo had spoken to me at Real Madrid and told me how important it was," Di Maria said. "I wanted to wear this shirt and do as much for the club as Ronaldo and the others could do. The club also wanted me to wear it so I want to live up to it." Van Gaal also hinted that there will be plenty of comings and goings in Uniteds squad before the transfer window shuts on Monday. "I had a conversation after lunch with the players and I said maybe after this weekend, we shall have another group because players shall go away and others shall come in," the Dutchman said. Bruins Jerseys 2019 Boston Bruins Pro Shop . His second visit, not so much. 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Chase De Leo and Mathew Dumba responded for the Winterhawks, who suffered just their fourth loss in their last 46 games, a string of success running all the way back to Jan.As Barnsley and Millwall prepare to do battle for a place in the Championship, we bring you the ultimate guide to the Sky Bet League One play-off final, which is live on Sky Sports. Neil Harriss Lions are looking for an instant return to the second tier after their relegation at the end of the 2014/15 season, while the Tykes - back under the arch after winning the Johnstones Paint Trophy - have spent two terms in League One. So how did they make it to Wembley, what are their previous experiences in the play-offs and who does Sky Sports Football League expert Ian Holloway think will have the edge on Sunday? Read on to find out... How did they make it here?Its been a stunning turnaround for Barnsley. They were bottom of the table in December but a resurgent run - which continued after Lee Johnson left in February for Bristol City - saw them sneak into the final play-off place on a dramatic final day, edging out Scunthorpe on goal difference.  Barnsley celebrate a thumping aggregate win over Walsall The Tykes played Walsall in their semi-final tie and despite the Saddlers only missing out on automatic promotion by a point, Barnsley were firmly in control throughout. Highlights of the Sky Bet League 1 semi-final first leg between Barnsley and Walsall They won the first leg at Oakwell 3-0 thanks to a Sam Winnall double and Jason Demetrious own goal, before cruising at the Bankss Stadium, a 6-1 aggregate score sending them to Wembley for the second time this season. A home draw was enough to see Millwall through after their victory at Valley Parade Millwall were in the promotion mix for most of the season - finishing fourth on 81 points - and faced Bradford in their semi-final. The Lions outclassed their opponents during a 3-1 win at Valley Parade - including a stunning free-kick from Joe Martin - with a draw at The Den enough to see them into the finale. Highlights of the League One playoff semi-final second leg between Millwall and Bradford City Play-off previousMillwall can certainly be dubbed play-off veterans - but memories havent always been happy. After failed attempts in 1991,1994, 2000, 2004 and 2009, they finally made the breakthrough in the 2009/10 season.The Lions beat Swindon 1-0 in the League One play-off final to return to the Championship after a four year absence, with current boss Harris playing the full 90 minutes. Neil Harris played in the 2010 League One play-off final for Millwall Barnsleys modern-era play-off appearances have yielded one win and one defeat.They lost to Ipswich Town in the 1999/00 Division One final - the last to played at the old Wembley - but triumphed in 2005/06 when they beat Swansea 4-3 on penalties (2-2 AET) at the Millennium Stadium - one of which was taken by current caretaker manager Paul Heckingbottom - as they sealed a return to the Championship.The Tykes have also already tasted Wembley success this term, winning the Johnstones Paint Trophy after beating Oxford 3-2 in April.Head-to-headIts Barnsley who hold the advantage in terms of meetings between the sides this season, winning both games including a 3-2 thriller at The Den in August before a 2-1 victory on home turf in January, the in-form Winnall netting in both fixtures.The Tykes also edge the overall history, with 22 wins from 54 matches, compared to the Lions 20. The managers The two bosses have both been promoted as players with the teams they currently manage - Heckingbottom through the play-offs and Harris once automatically and once after a play-off.Harris is relishing the chance to repeat his 2010 Wembley success with Millwall. Former Lions player Neil Harris is hoping to lead Millwall to glory as a manager It will be privilege and an honour to represent the club as manager at Wembley, but the biggest privilege is to manage the players, he said. I made a promise to my dressing rooom at the start of the season that if tactically, technically and attitude-wise they followed my lead, Id make them a good Millwall team.ddddddddddddIm pleased Ive delivered that promise. Barnsley caretaker head coach Paul Heckingbottom credited his players for their outstanding playoff semi-final win over Walsall Heckingbottom believes the Tykes have an advantage after their Wembley visit previously this season.I do think having been there once already will help, especially as it was in the not too distant past. We know what the venue is like and what to expect. We will be more than ready for it. Definitely, Heckingbottom told the Yorkshire Post.The lads were a bit more subdued this time [about reaching Wembley], maybe because we have been there once already this season. But that is good because it shows we still have a job to do. Our focus has to shift to the next game and our preparations began straight away. (L-R) Ashley Fletcher and Sam Winnall of Barnsley celebrate with the trophy during the Johnstones Paint Trophy final Team newsBarnsley are set to have a full squad to chose from at Wembley, with Heckingbottom confirming that the likes of Marley Watkins, Aidy White, James Bree and George Smith are all back in training.Millwall defender Byron Webster (hamstring) faces a race against time to be fit for Sunday after limping off against Bradford in the semi-final second leg last Friday. Harris putting faith in youth Millwall CEO Andy Ambler discusses Neil Harris first full season in management. Harris said: Byron came off with a strained hamstring, so its not ideal preparation because he has been colossal for us in recent weeks and months.Its going to be tough for him for Sunday and well give him every opportunity to make it. But if not, then in Tony Craig, our club captain, and Sid Nelson, who has played really well this year, Ive got players who can step into the position admirably.Ian Holloways key menMillwall - Lee Gregory Lee Gregory is Ollies key man for Millwall To go from non-league to being a potential match-winner at Wembley is what its all about. This lad is a natural born goalscorer and I think his finishing ability could be the difference between the teams.Barnsley - Sam Winnall Barnsleys Sam Winnall scored twice during the first leg at Oakwell. Ive been a big admirer of his work for a while now. Hes a natural goalscorer who will find the net wherever he goes - I fancy Millwall to win but only if they keep Winnall quiet.Match statsBarnsley have reached two previous play-off finals, losing in 2000 against Ipswich in the second tier but beating Swansea on penalties in League One in 2006 after a 2-2 draw.The Lions have reached two previous play-off finals, both in League One - they lost 3-2 to Scunthorpe in 2009 before defeating Swindon 1-0 a year later.Millwall have lost in three of their four visits to Wembley, most recently playing there in April 2013 in the FA Cup semi-final against Wigan, where they lost 2-0.Gregory has scored in each of his last three games (three goals), with the last two goals assisted by strike partner Morison.Barnsley have won five of their last six contests against Millwall (L1), including the last three in a row.Winnall has scored four goals in his last three appearances for Barnsley. How to win the play-off final Tactics, mind games, magic - Ian Holloways guide to Wembley glory BettingBarnsley are Sky Bets 13/8 favourites for the victory on Sunday, with Millwall 9/5 to win within 90 minutes while a draw and extra time is priced at 21/10. Either side to produce a winner in additional time is a 6/1 chance while a penalty shoot-out is 15/4 with the Football League sponsor.Winnall heads the first goalscorer betting at 4/1 while Gregory is considered the Lions main threat at 9/2 to net first.Ollies verdictPicking a winner here is tough. Barnsley are the most successful team this calendar year in the country while Millwall are building something special with a team that all are pulling in the same direction.Millwall have got one of their own in charge and a few of their own on the pitch. That makes a huge difference when youre looking for that extra bit of edge in a final. OLLIE PREDICTS: 2-1 to Millwall (Sky Bet odds 7/1)Watch the League One play-off final on Sky Sports 1 HD from 2pm on Sunday, May 29 - or follow with our live blog on skysports.com and the Sky Sports apps. Also See: How to win the play-off final Ollies Wembley predictions FL72 Podcast - Play-off special Websters race against time ' ' '
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