Angel di Maria accused of swearing at Michael Oliver

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Manchester United star Angel di Maria has been accused of using a Spanish expletive to describe referee Michael Olivier in the moments before he was sent off against Arsenal on Monday night.

A slowed down video of the moment Di Maria grabbed Oliver’s shirt - the offence which led to the Argentina international being shown the red card - may apparently show Di Maria calling Oliver a ‘son of a wh***’ in Spanish - ‘hijo de puta’.

This is according to the Mirror, the Daily Star and others, who are careful to state that it is only suggested Di Maria uttered the words in question.

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Video: Damning evidence?

The evidence, however, does look rather damning for Di Maria, who may have found himself in significantly more trouble had Oliver taken a few Spanish lessons at school.

As it is, the rather fortunate Di Maria will only serve a one-match suspension for the red card picked up against the Gunners, ruling him out of this Sunday’s Premier League clash against Tottenham.

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Di Maria has flopped at Old Trafford

Di Maria become the most expensive signing in British football history last summer, joining Manchester United from Real Madrid in a deal worth £59.7 million.

Despite an impressive start to life at Old Trafford, Di Maria has flattered to deceive for the majority of his seven months spent with the Red Devils, leading to speculation that he could leave the club as early as this summer.

Burglary attempt - and the impact on Di Maria

While it would be a little generous to put Di Maria’s struggles down to a succession of untimely injuries, it’s no exaggeration to suggest that last month’s attempted burglary at his £4.1 million Prestbury mansion may have had a significant emotional impact on the player.

Di Maria’s wife was too scared to return to the property, which was put up for sale at the weekend.

Subsequently Di Maria, along with his wife and young child, are now reportedly living in an apartment previously occupied by former Manchester United player and coach Phil Neville.

Bearing in mind that traumatic off-field ordeal combined with his on-field struggles, it’s little wonder that speculation regarding his future is intensifying.

Di Maria can become a United hero - if he wants it enough

It’s understood that Paris Saint-Germain are keen to sign the world-class South American midfielder - albeit not for a fee higher than £49 million - and Di Maria could be forgiven for feeling tempted by the opportunity to run away from his Manchester United nightmare this summer.

But on the other hand, he could choose to knuckle down and show the world that United were right to pay close to £60 million for his services.

This is a player with the talent to become a Manchester United hero - but at the moment he’s fast becoming a villain.

Manchester United fans: do you think Di Maria swore at Oliver? Do you think United will ever see the best of the Argentina international? Have your say in the comments below!

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