Angel Di Maria has revealed the source of his falling out with Louis Van Gaal and why he ultimately left Manchester United.
The Argentine winger arrived at Old Trafford from Real Madrid in 2014 for £59.7 million, a British transfer record fee at the time, and big things were expected of the talented attacker.
Despite a bright start to life at Manchester United, Di Maria’s signing, like so many in the post-Ferguson era, did not go to plan and he left the next summer having scored just three goals in 27 Premier League appearances.
The reasons for his departure have been a source of conjecture in the near four years since, with a home burglary believed to be one of the reasons, but the player has finally come out and pinpointed why he could no longer stay at United – the manager.
“I was at Manchester and everything was fine with Van Gaal during the first two months,” Di Maria told ESPN Redes.
“After one fight, things weren’t the same. The relationship wasn’t the same.
“The fight with Van Gaal occurred because he was always showing me bad and negative things and all that held me back.
“One day I fought with him. I told him I didn’t want to see those things anymore, that I was doing things well and asked him why he wasn’t showing me good things.”
The 31-year-old came back to haunt his former club last week, assisting both goals for PSG in their 2-0 win over United, inflicting the club’s biggest ever margin of defeat in a home European tie.