Angel Di Maria admits he does not want to be reminded of his “sad experience” at Manchester United as he targets European and domestic success with Paris Saint-Germain.
The Argentine International arrived at Old Trafford in a deal worth £59.7m from Real Madrid in August 2014, but left for France last summer after 32 appearances in his one season.
Despite a flying start, Di Maria’s form faltered as he struggled to settle in England.
Di Maria started his career very well, including a sumptuous lobbed goal at Leicester, but his goals and assists started to dry up before picking up an injury. Following an attempted burglary at his home, he informed manager Louis van Gaal that he wanted to move on.
And just after 11 months, the most expensive signing in British history was sold to French champions Paris St Germain for a reported fee of £40m.
And the PSG midfielder has now spoken about his time at Manchester United.
Speaking to L’Equipe, he said: “Manchester was a sad experience. Things did not go the way I expected, I was disappointed and I could not surface. Honestly, I don’t remember what happened and I don’t want to remember.
“My last season at Real was very good too – it’s in the same vein. Every day here I feel better and better integrated into the team, the club and the city and that’s reflected in my performances. With the way we play, the fame of the players in the team, I think we have everything to go to the (Champions League) final.
PSG play Chelsea once again in the round of 16 and Di Maria think that Chelsea still hold a significant threat despite of their poor domestic form.
“I know that the two matches to come against Chelsea will determine a lot of things. Everyone sees us as the favourites. We don’t see it that way. It’s Chelsea – they have a quality squad and players that every club in Europe would want to have.”