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'He played like a drain' – Neville hits back at Di Maria following his wife’s ‘sh*thole’ jibes

Gary Neville has hit back at the wife of Angel Di Maria following her criticism of Manchester, with the Argentine’s partner having labelled the city as a ‘sh*thole’.

The now Paris Saint-Germain star endured a hugely forgettable spell in English football after arriving at Manchester United in a British transfer-record deal six years ago, failing to settle in the Premier League and spending just one season at Old Trafford before leaving for France.

Di Maria’s wife, Jorgelina Cardoso, this week made headlines after opening up on the pair’s nightmare experience, branding Manchester a ‘sh*thole’ and blasting the city’s people and food in a bizarre rant.

Neville has now hit back at Cardoso’s comments with a defiant defence of Manchester, whilst criticising Di Maria’s ‘awful’ performance following his highly anticipated arrival from Real Madrid in 2014.

“All I would say is, we hear these stories from time to time where a player has played like a drain, like Di Maria did at Manchester United,” Neville said on Sky Sports.

“He was awful and I had high expectations and excitement when he came to the club thinking we were signing a top player. He was never interested from day one.

“What he needs to do is look across the road at Sergio Aguero, his Argentinian compatriot or Pablo Zabaleta who have done alright in Manchester and haven’t been in a rush to leave.

“I will defend my city to the hilt and she did have an unfortunate experience where there was a robbery, which would hamper you mentally and would cloud your judgement of the city.”

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