Angel Di Maria has launched a scathing attack on Louis van Gaal for not allowing him to settle down properly during his one-season spell at Manchester United. The Argentine midfielder has also admitted that he joined Paris Saint-Germain after just one season at Old Trafford to "win things" rather than just personal happiness citing the club's current form, which sees them battling Manchester City and West Ham United for a place in the top four.
The former Benfica attacker was signed by the Red Devils from Real Madrid for a British-record fee of £59.7m ($85m) during the 2014 summer transfer window. However, he failed to settle at the club and justify his massive price tag managing just four goals in 32 appearances in all competitions as the 20-time English champions finished fourth in the Premier League.
In contrast, the Argentina international has settled down well to life in the French capital and has already helped PSG to the Ligue 1 title, which they won with eight games still left to play. He has managed 13 goals and provided 16 assists in 37 games in all competitions.
Di Maria has blamed the Dutch manager for his failures on the pitch and believes it was the manager's inability in playing him in a position that suited him that led to his inconsistent performances throughout the season. On the other hand, the former Real star has praised PSG boss Laurent Blanc, who he believes has done the exact opposite, which has brought out the best in him as a player.
"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 the team are still playing the same way. Out of the European competitions, far from being champions of the Premier League," Di Maria said, as quoted by ESPN FC.
"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," he added.
"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 [at Paris] 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 need to move. I'm very happy here and it wasn't the case over there," the Argentine midfielder explained.