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Angel di Maria would have been a PSG player if it wasn't for FFP

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Paris Saint-Germain owner Nasser Al-Khelaifi has insisted that Manchester United midfielder Angel di Maria would be playing for them this season if it wasn't for Financial Fair Play.

As reported by Goal.com, Al-Khelaifi has hit out at UEFA, claiming the rules must be changed as FFP is now a major problem for a number of clubs around Europe. 

Di Maria, of course, moved to Old Trafford in a club record £59.1 million deal from Spanish giants Real Madrid last summer, but he may well have been playing his football at the Parc des Princes.

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Di Maria could have joined PSG

When speaking about FFP and Di Maria, Al-Khelaifi said: "Financial Fair Play is not only a problem for PSG, but for all clubs, whether German, Spanish or Italian," he told Le Parisien.

“This is a big problem for Uefa now. Uefa must change the rules. I trust them. Last year, we were handicapped and we were clearly slowed (in the transfer market).

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"Without these sanctions, we can imagine that Di Maria would be at PSG this season.”

Ultimately, though, PSG missed out on the Argentine, who has endured a tricky time in his debut campaign at the Theatre of Dreams. 

In truth, despite a flying start to his United career, the ex-Real Madrid man has failed to kick on in the second half of the season, often having to make-do with a place on the bench. 

Huge year ahead 

However, despite his struggles, the Argentine can turn his Old Trafford career around sooner rather than later. Ok, with just four games remaining of this campaign, it's going to be tricky for him to find his best form over the next few weeks, but things may well be different for him in his second season in England. 

He's now well aware of the demands of the Premier League, and he will no doubt be ready for the challenge next term. If Red Devils chief Louis van Gaal manages to build up his confidence, then there's no reason why he can't make a flying start to the 2015/16 campaign. 

With pace trickery and wonderful vision, Di Maria certainly has the attributes to set the Premier League alight. He must now be trusted to play a key role for the club, and it's crucial van Gaal finds his best position in the United side. 

All is not lost for Di Maria in Manchester, but next season will be make or break for the versatile 27-year-old. 

Manchester United fans: Do you think Di Maria will find his best form next season? Have your say in the comments section below! 

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