Wednesday 26 October 2016

Angel Di Maria hits out at Louis van Gaal - and explains why he left Manchester United

Callum Davis

Published 01/04/2016 | 14:21

Angel Di Maria admits he struggled with life at Manchester United
Angel Di Maria admits he struggled with life at Manchester United

Angel Di Maria has spoken out for the first time about his failed spell at Manchester United.

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The Argentinian international moved to Old Trafford in August 2014 for a British club record fee of £59.7 million.

However despite signing a five-year-contract with the Red Devils, Di Maria was sold to PSG after just one year in the Premier League.

The 27-year-old fell out of favour with Louis van Gaal, scoring just four goals in 32 games for Manchester United in his doomed season in England.

And now the PSG midfielder has opened up on the motivation for his move away from Manchester.

"Every time I was given the opportunity I did the best I could but it didn't work out," Di Maria told BBC Sport's Football Focus.

"I decided to leave, not only to be happy, but to win things."

Angel Di Maria won the Ligue Un title in his first season at PSG, flourishing under the management of Frenchman, Laurent Blanc.

And the former Real Madrid star revealed he believed he was regularly played out of position by Louis van Gaal.

"I started a game in a position, and then the next one I would be in another," said Di Maria.

"I scored goals playing in one position, and then suddenly the next game I was picked to play in a different position."

Di Maria and his family's apparent failure to settle in England was previously cited as a reason for the Argentine's underwhelming season, but the man himself claims he should not take the blame.

"It's more that they didn't let me settle properly than I couldn't settle," said Di Maria.

"I left a team that was out of the European competition and far away from being champions of the Premier League.

"I don't think it was my fault or the fault of my team mates."

Speculation around Louis van Gaal's future at Old Trafford continues to mar Manchester United's season, with Jose Mourinho widely rumoured to have agreed a deal in principle to takeover the role next season.

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