Angel Di Maria has admitted that it was difficult to work under Louis van Gaal during his time at Manchester United, perhaps offering an excuse as to why he didn’t fulfil his potential at Old Trafford.
The Argentina international, who transferred to French champions Paris Saint-Germain earlier this summer to the tune of £44.3million, struggled to impress in England after moving to United from Real Madrid last summer.
Loss of form
A good start was followed by a sudden dip in form that left the forward unable to embark on his trademark maurauding runs. As a consequence he quickly became a frustrating figure to watch at Old Trafford.
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However, there have been claims that it was maybe Van Gaal’s method of management and style of play that were the cause of the 27-year-old’s Premier League issues. That theory appears to be something the player himself agrees with.
Di Maria difficulties
"It is difficult to adapt to Van Gaal because he points to his philosophy," Di Maria told ESPN Radio, according to Sky Sports.
"Everyone takes what he wants and does. I started very well with him and then had a couple of clashes.
"There came a time when I did not have a good relationship with Van Gaal and that influences much in a player's mind," the 27-year-old Argentina winger added.
"At Manchester United I played very well but then got injured. Things did not work out and I also changed my position.
"The coach was the one who decided that and I ended up being more on the bench than in the team."
Only time will tell whether or not Di Maria can resurrect himself in France, but if he does then more questions will certainly be laid at the feet of Van Gaal.
turn around in fortunes?
For the former Galactico was brilliant at Real, and if quickly finds his feet in Ligue 1 many will wonder just what was stopping him from cutting the mustard for United.
In any case his is a transfer Red Devils fans will hope to put behind them. Di Maria cost the club a record £59.7m, but it’s fair to say that Van Gaal hardly got what he paid for.
United fans, what do you think Di Maria’s problem in England was? Let us know in the comments box below.