Paris Saint-Germain captain Thiago Silva has angered Manchester United fans after suggesting Angel di Maria is making a “step up” by leaving Old Trafford for the reigning French champions.
Di Maria is on the verge of completing his £44 million move to the Parc des Princes after just one season with Manchester United, who have agreed to take a £15 million loss on the Argentina international.
Silva, though, clearly believes PSG are now a more attractive option for top players than the likes of Manchester United thanks to their recent success in Ligue 1 combined with their improved performances in the Champions League.
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"People now need to respect PSG as one of the big clubs in Europe," the Brazil international was quoted as saying by various publications on Monday, including the Manchester Evening News. "Real Madrid and Barcelona are probably on another level, but after that if you join PSG you are you probably taking a step up.
"We went further than any English clubs in Europe last year."
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Manchester United are the more successful club
As the Manchester Evening News point out, PSG have only won five domestic titles in their history, and three of them came after the club were taken over by Qatari Sports Investment group in 2011.
Manchester United, on the other hand, have won the English championship a record-breaking 20 times.
PSG were only formed 45 years ago, in August 1970, while Manchester United’s history dates back to 1878.
And while the Parisians might be edging closer to winning the Champions League title for the first time in their history, Manchester United have won the Europe’s elite cup competition on three occasions to date.
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Di Maria has flattered to deceive at United
Big things were expected from Di Maria in the Premier League following his £59.7 million move from Real Madrid last summer.
The South American’s Manchester United career started with a bang but soon fizzled out after the first couple of months.
An attempted burglary at his Prestbury mansion earlier this year had a huge affect on both the player and his young family - and the world-class Di Maria has not looked the same player since that unfortunate incident.
He impressed at the Copa America in Chile earlier this summer, but his failure to report for pre-season training with Manchester United in the United States was a clear sign that a move to PSG was imminent.
Louis van Gaal clearly feels Manchester United are better off without Di Maria - the Argentine is set to be replaced at Old Trafford by Barcelona’s Pedro - and has acted accordingly.
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