Angel di Maria has revealed that he never felt happy at Manchester United and explained how life for both himself and his family turned sour soon after they arrived in the north of England.
The 27-year-old also admitted that he had come close to joining Paris Saint-Germain from Real Madrid, but a breakdown in the move eventually saw him settle for the Red Devils.
Having cost Louis van Gaal £59.7million to sign in 2014, much was expected from Di Maria. He hit the ground running, scoring three goals and assisting three more in his first five Premier League games.
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But that is as good as it would ever get for the Argentinian, and a spell of poor form would eventually see him dropped in favour of Ashley Young.
His dip in performance coincided with an incident at his home when several armed robbers attempted to break in when he, his wife and his child were inside. It left them unable to return to the house and ended any chance of them settling in Manchester.
"My family wasn't happy, my daughter was suffering, so it was important to leave"
He told Le Parisien: "Honestly, we were not happy (in Manchester). At the beginning, we were a little happy but then things got complicated.
"After the break-in, it wasn't reasonable to stay. My family wasn't happy, my daughter was suffering, so it was important to leave.
"Life in England was difficult and it isn't easy for a South American. Some people adapt, but for others it is harder."
"I didn't get on very well with the coach so I believe the decision to join Paris was the best solution"
Trouble with Van Gaal
Di Maria has revealed that his failure to see eye-to-eye with Van Gaal also played a role in his eventual exit. Along with his family's discontentedness, it left him with no choice but to push for a move away from Old Trafford this summer.
He continued: "I didn't get on very well with the coach so I believe the decision to join Paris was the best solution. At the end of the season when I left to play in the Copa America, I made the decision (to leave).
"I saw there was the possibility to join PSG. I could have joined them a year earlier before I moved to Manchester but it didn't happen but I think my destiny was to go to Paris.
"From what I've seen so far, our life here in France is more like the life we led in Spain or Portugal. And at the moment, we are 100 per cent satisfied."
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