Louis van Gaal responds to Angel di Maria's criticism

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Earlier this week, Angel di Maria took a swipe at Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal after the Argentine suffered a disappointing 12 months at Old Trafford.

Di Maria joined the Red Devils in a record £60 million deal but managed just four goals in 32 appearances and did very little to repay his huge transfer fee.

The winger left United last summer and has been impressive for Paris Saint-Germain this season, scoring 13 goals and providing 13 assists.


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Di Maria will return to England with the French club for their Champions League quarter-final against Manchester City clash but revealed his relationship with Van Gaal was the real reason why he left United in the first place.

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

"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.”

Van Gaal hits back

After hearing Di Maria's comments, the Dutch boss has hit back at the former Real Madrid player, insisting that he needs to look at himself rather than blame other people.

“I have never seen players who look at themselves, who look to the way they have performed here, and that is always the fault of the manager,’ Van Gaal told reporters, per Daily Mail.

“So he is one of the players who are in the row of players who have no self-criticism. Unfortunately, it is also my life as a manager. It is always like that.”

Di Maria's form

While United fans will be regretting allowing Di Maria to leave, the 28-year-old is very much enjoying his football in France.

He has already helped his side lift the league title and they are favourites to progress into the semi-finals of the Champions League over Manchester City.

Manchester United fans: Should your club have kept hold of Di Maria? Let us know in the comments box below!

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Wayne Rooney
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Louis van Gaal
Premier League
Angel di Maria
Paris Saint-Germain

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