Angel Di Maria has insisted he had to leave Manchester United in order to get his career back on track.
The Argentina international struggled to adapt to life in the Premier League, but blamed his strained relationship with Louis van Gaal, and the attempted burglary in his home as reasons why his time at United failed.
He told Le Parisien: “It was tough for me last season as I didn’t play much and it was difficult watching the Champions League on TV after I had won it the season before with Madrid.”
“It’s a magnificent competition and on Tuesday I will feel the same emotions I’ve had ever since I played my first (Champions League) match for Benfica.”
“Honestly, we were not happy (in Manchester). At the beginning, we were a little happy but then things got complicated.”
“After the break-in, it wasn’t reasonable to stay. My family wasn’t happy, my daughter was suffering, so it was important to leave.”
“Life in England was difficult and it isn’t easy for a South American. Some people adapt, but for others it is harder.”
“I didn’t get on very well with the coach so I believe the decision to join Paris was the best solution. At the end of the season when I left to play in the Copa America, I made the decision (to leave).”
“I saw there was the possibility to join PSG. I could have joined them a year earlier before I moved to Manchester but it didn’t happen but I think my destiny was to go to Paris.”
“From what I’ve seen so far, our life here in France is more like the life we led in Spain or Portugal. And at the moment, we are 100 per cent satisfied.”
[Quotes via Sky Sports]
Di Maria seems reluctant to blame himself for his failure in the No.7 shirt for United..