Not all big-name transfers work out well. Be it the pressure of a big-money move or the woe of settling in at a new club, expensive signings come with a load of expectations, and not all of them flourish as desired.
Perhaps the most disastrous example of the same was the ill-fated move of Angel Di Maria to Manchester United.
Purchased by Louis van Gaal after the winger’s splendid spell with Real Madrid, effectively making him a vital cog in Los Blancos’ dominance in Europe, the Argentine international was expected to flourish at Old Trafford.
However, the curse of the no.7 jersey stayed with him, and he survived only for a season, being shipped off to PSG after having an awful spell with the side.
Now, Di Maria will face his former club when the two giants clash in the Champions League in February and March. Ahead of the fixture, he has revealed some information about what led to his ousting from the Premier League giants.
Speaking to France Bleu, the 30-year-old stated: “We still have matches before facing Manchester! Manchester changed with his new coach, they lost no match. But we must think of ourselves and nothing but ourselves! If we do things well, everything will be fine.”
He then went on to reveal details about his short spell in Manchester: “I only stayed one year, it was not the best time of my career, or rather I was not allowed to spend my best time.
“There were complications with the coach of the time. But thank God, I was able to come to PSG and demonstrate again who I was.”
Di Maria also spoke about PSG’s challenging group bouts: “We were almost eliminated, but we made a big home game against Liverpool and also against the Red Star of Belgrade, two big decisive matches to qualify.”