- Angel Di Maria says he “didn’t give a fuck” about wearing Manchester United’s number seven shirt.
- Di Maria also blamed manager Louis Van Gaal for his failed spell at the club.
- “Van Gaal was the worst of my career,” the now PSG said.
Manchester United flop Angel Di Maria says he “didn’t give a fuck” about wearing the club’s fabled No.7 shirt, and has blamed Louis van Gaal for his failed spell in England.
Di Maria was handed the famous jersey – which had previously belonged to United legend’s Eric Cantona, David Beckham, and Cristiano Ronaldo – after completing a sensational $82 million switch from Real Madrid in 2014.
The Argentine failed to live up to his shirt’s predecessors, however, lasting just one disappointing season at Old Trafford before being sold to Paris Saint Germain.
At the time he joined, Di Maria said he was “inspired” by Ronaldo, whom he played alongside at Madrid, to wear the No. 7.
He also said that he was excited to work under a “world class” manager in Van Gaal.
However, speaking with TyC Sports about his time at United, the 33-year-old has now doubled back on his previous statements.
“I didn’t give a fuck about the Manchester United No. 7,” he said. “At first they talked to me a lot about it, it was just a shirt.
“My problem at Manchester was the coach. Van Gaal was the worst of my career. I would score, assist, and the next day he would show me my misplaced passes.
“He displaced me from one day to the other, he didn’t like players being more than him.”
Di Maria has previously opened up on his torrid spell in England.
Speaking last year on radio station France Bleu, he said: “It wasn’t the best period of my career, they didn’t let me have my best time there.
“There were problems with the coach at the time. But thanks to God, I was able to come to PSG and be myself again.”
In 2016, Di Maria also revealed how a robbery at his house while at United made him want to leave.
The winger was dining with his wife and one-year-old daughter in January 2015 when robbers used scaffolding poles to smash their way into his Cheshire mansion.
“After the robbery at my house, everything made me want to leave quickly,” he told Marca.