Tuesday night’s Champions League clash between Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain was probably Angel Di Maria’s best ever performance at Old Trafford - despite the fact he spent the 2014-15 campaign playing for the Red Devils.
The Argentina international, who returned to Manchester with a point to prove following his disastrous spell with the Premier League giants, provided both assists for PSG’s two goals.
He was booed throughout the match - in fact, he was booed from the moment he stepped foot off the PSG bus - but, if anything, this treatment from the fans who once cheered his name merely spurred him on.
"I thought he had a good relationship with the fans. He was a bit nervous and needed to be calmer in the first-half. In the end, he did well,” PSG boss Thomas Tuchel was quoted as saying by Goal.com after the match.
"I'm happy that he stayed confident. I'm happy that he stayed always like this, super reliable because he's always working hard.
"He always gives his best and for that, it's easy to forgive him when he has not such a good first half, for us.
"I'm very happy. It's always dangerous with him, with corners, and of course a superb assist for the second goal in the open position and with a perfect pass for Kylian.
"So, a nice comeback for him and I'm very happy for him, and of course he helped us a lot."
Di Maria was subbed off by Tuchel in the 81st minute, replaced by Colin Dagba, and the former United flop has now spoken out about the jeering from the Old Trafford crowd.
He admits the hostility was difficult to deal with, but claims he anticipated such a reaction beforehand.
Di Maria also insists that his only problem with Man Utd at the time was with Louis van Gaal.
"But I've said it in the past and I reiterate it, I never spoke badly of the people here and of this club.
“These are things that happen and people took it badly. I only had problems with the coach [Louis van Gaal] here."
United fans rarely boo their former players but many felt Di Maria didn’t do enough to give himself the best possible chance of succeeding at Old Trafford.
His failure to join up with the rest of the squad for the club’s pre-season tour to the USA, weeks before his departure, angered them further.
But booing him ultimately proved counterproductive.News Now - Sport News