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Angel di Maria apologises to Manchester United fans

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Angel di Maria officially left Manchester United yesterday after Paris Saint-Germain confirmed they had signed him in a deal worth £44million.

The Argentinian had been a Manchester United player for less than 12 months but as Britain's most expensive player, his short stint in the Premier League is likely to live long in the memory.

However, the Old Trafford faithful have been left disgruntled by Di Maria's failure to bring his world-class form with him when arriving from Real Madrid.

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They were only agitated further by the 27-year-old's refusal to return to pre-season training, instead flying to Qatar to undergo talks with PSG without the permission of Louis van Gaal.

In an attempt to leave things on a positive note, Di Maria penned an open letter to Manchester United fans, thanking them for their support during a difficult spell.

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According to the Manchester Evening News, the letter read:

To Manchester United:

I write this note to thank all the Manchester United family for the great support received during the year I've been part of this Club.

When Manchester United chose me as part of their team I felt extremely honoured because I knew what this Club means and how it trusted me.

"I did my best but football is not like maths: often a lot of things out of our control affect the way we feel and the way things turn out"

Nevertheless, I'm aware things didn't work as we all expected and believe me, I feel really sorry about it. However in the career of a football player sometimes the unexpected and unwanted may happen.

I can guarantee you it was not for trying. I did my best but football is not like maths: often a lot of things out of our control affect the way we feel and the way things turn out. I am sorry it did not work out as I would have wished in this amazing huge club.

I want to give special thanks to all the Directors and Management of Manchester United as well as to every member of the staff and colleagues as they gave me all their support. Also a special mention to all the fans who always trusted me and showed me their respect and love.

Now is time to move to PSG but the Glorious Manchester United Club will be forever in my memory!

Joint decision

Publicly it seemed as if Di Maria was on a one-man mission to get himself out of Manchester, but the winger has claimed that Louis van Gaal was just as keen to sell him as he was to leave.

Di Maria had a disastrous second half to the season and was later dropped in favour of Ashley Young. It stands as further proof that the Manchester United manager did not see the value in his record signing.

"It wasn’t just my decision to leave Manchester United," said Di Maria.

"If I left it was also because they decided to sell me. The three parties agreed. Me, Manchester United and PSG agreed the deal.

"Things didn't quite work out at Manchester United for various reasons, but that's in the past. Now it's the present.

"I'm happy because I know my wife and child will be happy in Paris."

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