Angel Di Maria sure is happy in Paris, so much so that he’s comfortable ripping on his former manager.
Former Man United flop Angel Di Maria revealed that he wanted to leave Old Trafford after just one season due to synergy problems with Louis van Gaal.
In an interview with ESPN Radio transcribed by the Mirror, the former £59.7 million man – the largest transfer in Premier League history to-date – disagreed with LVG’s decision to change his position following an injury early in the 2014-15 season.
“Van Gaal has his philosophy and it is one of the reasons why I wanted to leave Manchester United,” Di María said. “I made a very good start and then I got injured. Things weren’t quite working for me and Van Gaal changed my position.”
Di Maria recorded three goals in the first seven weeks of the season, but an injury forced him into very limited action until January 2015. He didn’t score again for the club for the rest of the season.
Following Man United’s 4th place finish on the Premier League table, Angel Di Maria was sold to Paris Saint-Germain for around £46 million – nearly £14 million less than the Red Devils had paid for him just twelves months earlier.
“It’s difficult to adapt to Van Gaal. I had a number of flare ups with him,” Di Maria added. “I spoke to (PSG manager Laurent) Blanc and he believes I should play in a similar position as I did at Real Madrid (on the right of a three-man midfield).
“I never believed I would get such a great reception here. It was the best presentation I’ve ever had at a club.
“The truth is that I’m very happy that I came to PSG and to have team-mates such as (Ezequiel) Lavezzi and (Javier) Pastore.”
In his Ligue 1 debut this past weekend, Di Maria recorded an assist to a goal by Lavezzi as a 66th minute substitute.
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