Angel di Maria seems like a man who holds a grudge.
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Specifically against Louis Van Gaal and Manchester United.
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The Argentine international winger, 28, joined United for a British record $90 million in the summer of 2014 but was ridiculed after putting in several sub-par displays — he scored four goals in 32 games — despite a bright start in England.
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Di Maria was injured plenty and the former Real Madrid star was played in numerous positions across United’s forward and midfield lines by Van Gaal.
Speaking to the BBC’s Football Focus show, the current Paris Saint-Germain attacker didn’t hold back when reflecting on his time spent at Old Trafford.
“It’s nice not to say certain things,” Di Maria said. “But it is more that they didn’t let me settle properly than I couldn’t settle. I left and the team are still playing the same way. Out of European competitions, far from being champions of the Premier League.
“I don’t think it was my fault or the fault of my team mates. Every time I was given the opportunity I did all I could but it didn’t work out as I hoped. So I decided to leave not only to be happy, but to win things.”
Okay, Angel, tell us how you really feel…
Seriously though, with reports about Di Maria failing to settle into life in northern England and upset about his property being burgled, many people believed he wanted to leave United purely for personal reasons.
Turns out he wasn’t too impressed with Van Gaal’s tactics either.
“I started a game in one position, then the next in another,” Di Maria added. “I scored goals playing in one position then suddenly the next game I was picked to play in a different position. I think this also didn’t help me settle. It is up to the manager to decide where and how every player should play but I think the player should be comfortable in that position and adapt to it.”
If you read between the lines here, who he is blaming for United’s struggles over the past two years? Ah, yes, Louis van Gaal.
Di Maria was sold to PSG last summer for a fee of $62.5 million and has excelled in France’s top-flight this season. He’s scored 13 times in 37 appearances for PSG, winning the Ligue 1 title plus reaching the last eight of the UEFA Champions League where the French champs face Manchester City next week.
Let’s see what LVG has to say about Di Maria’s comments. My guess: Louis will not be impressed.