Angel di Maria swipes at Louis van Gaal over Manchester United exit

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Angel di Maria and Manchester United is now a distant memory in the minds of most fans but it seems the player himself still has a chip on his shoulder.

His 12 months at Old Trafford could not have been more disastrous if he tried. Joining from Real Madrid after a move to Paris Saint-Germain broke down, the Argentina international never looked like he wanted to be wearing United's No.7 shirt.

The biggest problem, it appeared, was his failure to settle in Manchester. Cold, dark and full of people trying to break into his house, it was clear he and his family wanted out of England's north-west at the earliest possible opportunity.


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But it wasn't just geography causing issues in the Di Maria household, things were not going well in the office either thanks to a rather troublesome boss. The winger has revealed that Louis van Gaal was one of the main reasons he failed to make an impact with the Red Devils.

Returning to Manchester for a Champions League quarter-final against City, Di Maria has spoken in detail of exactly why he decided to leave United. During an interview with the BBC he took a thinly-veiled dig at the Dutch manager and also reminded Manchester United fans of how bad a season his former club are having.

Here is his full interview:

"It's not nice to say certain things, but it's more that they didn't let me settle properly than I couldn't settle. I left and that team are still playing the same way. Out of the European competitions, far from being champions of the Premier League.

"I don't think it was my fault or the fault of my teammates. Every time I was given the opportunity, I did all I could but it didn't work out as I hoped.

"So I decided to leave, not only to be happy but to win things. I started a game in one position then the next game in another.

"I scored goals playing in one position, then suddenly the next game I was picked to play in a different position"

"I think this also didn't help me settle. It's up to the manager to decide where and how every player should play, but I think that the player should be comfortable in that position and adapt to it.

"That is what I'm doing here and I'm very thankful to the manager for it. From the beginning, he was clear where he wanted to play me and has never changed his mind. He gave me total freedom to move where I needed to move. I'm very happy here and it wasn't the case over there."

Picking up

Di Maria's form has only improved since he left Manchester United. He has scored 13 goals and as many assists across all competitions for the Ligue 1 champions and has a good chance of winning the Champions League too.

Those figures are a dramatic improvement to what he managed with United, where he scored just four goals and created 11.

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