Angel Di Maria blames Louis van Gaal for Manchester United struggles

13 February, 2019, 17:12 | Author: Suzanne Horton
  • PSG injuries push di Maria onto centre stage upon his Old Trafford return

And that was enough for the Argentine hit man to be derided, booed and targeted with projectiles at Old Trafford on Tuesday night.

Angel Di Maria has risked a Champions League ban for his reaction to Manchester United fans in PSG's win at Old Trafford.

Later, he blew kisses to the stands and imitated drinking from a bottle that was hurled at him by a fan.

On the pitch, the Argentine was slow off the mark.

Di Maria even had a bottle thrown at him when he went over to take a set-piece in front of the fans during the second-half.

Di Maria, of course, made the most of it and held a seemingly injured arm as his team-mates surrounded Italian referee Daniele Orsato in a desperate attempt to force a second booking on Young.


Angel Di Maria used to play for Manchester United.

Again, though, it was Di Maria that had the last laugh as he assisted PSG's second goal of the night moments later when Kylian Mbappe slotted past David De Gea. The United man did manage to get away from the Brazilian midway through the first half and impressively breezed past PSG defender Presnel Kimpembe on the right touchline - but his cross was too near to veteran goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon.

"It was hard from the opening minute but I knew this was going to happen", Di Maria told Cadena Cope radio of the atmosphere.

The Frenchman took his haul under United interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to eight goals in 10 games to help the Red Devils move into the Premier League top-four courtesy of a 3-0 win at Fulham on Saturday. He was a bit nervous and needed to be calmer in the first-half.

As the PSG players celebrated on the byline, an incensed Di Maria let out his frustration by screaming "F*ck off!"

Paris Saint-Germain's head coach Thomas Tuchel said of the shove: "There was no need to push Di Maria into the fans but I don't think it was on goal".

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