After coming to Manchester United last season for $99 million, Angel di Maria scored just four goals in 32 appearances for the Red Devils.
He had trouble with some injuries, but maybe his biggest problem was adjusting to life in Manchester and the style of play in the Premier League.
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Di Maria’s time at Old Trafford was obviously a disappointment, and will likely be considered one of the biggest flops of recent times. Last week he completed a move to Paris Saint-Germain for $70 million, ending his one-year experiment in Manchester.
Following his move to Paris, Di Maria wrote an open letter to Manchester United fans in which he said he was “really sorry” about the way things worked out. The letter was released on Spanish soccer journalist Guillem Balague’s website.
I write this note to thank all the Manchester United family for the great support received during the year I’ve been part of this club.
When Manchester United chose me as part of their team, I felt extremely honoured because I knew what this club means and how it trusted me.
Nevertheless, I’m aware things didn’t work as we all expected and believe me, I feel really sorry about it.
However, in the career of a football player, sometimes the unexpected and unwanted may happen.
I can guarantee you it was not for trying. I did my best but football is not like maths: often a lot of things out of our control affect the way we feel and the way things turn out. I am sorry it did not work out as I would have wished in this amazing, huge club.
I want to give special thanks to all the directors and management of Manchester United as well as to every member of the staff and colleagues as they gave me all their support. Also a special mention to all the fans who always trusted me and showed me their respect and love.
Now is time to move to PSG but the Glorious Manchester United club will be forever in my memory!
Wish you all the best in the world. With best regards, Angel di Maria.”
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The way Di Maria acted this summer by failing to communicate with United during their summer tour was wrong, but it’s hard not to feel for him after reading this letter. He seems honest in his disappointment with how things went, as sometimes, things just don’t work out.