The Argentine has confessed that he had a poor relationship with the Dutchman during a miserable season at Manchester United for him and his family
Paris Saint-Germain summer signing Angel Di Maria has admitted that he “did not get on well” with Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal and that neither he nor his family were ever truly happy in England.
The Argentina international joined the Red Devils from Real Madrid in the summer of 2014 for a British record fee of £59.7 million and he made an impressive start to his Old Trafford career.
However, Di Maria struggled for both form and fitness the longer the season went on, while his family were also shaken by a break-in at their home on January 31, with his wife refusing to return to the house after the burglary.
The 27-year-old has now admitted that given the problems he was facing on and off the field, he felt that he had no option but to seek a transfer to PSG.
“Honestly, we were not happy,” the winger told Le Parisien. “At the beginning, we were a little. But then things became complicated.
“Life in England was a bit difficult. It is not easy for a South American. Some people get on fine, and for others it is harder to adapt.
“I didn’t get on very well with the coach, so I think the decision to join Paris was the best solution.
“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.
“After the end of the Premier League, I went to the Copa America,” Di Maria continued.
“It was at that moment that I started to see that the possibility of joining PSG was real.
“But even last year, before joining Manchester, I could have signed for Paris. It didn’t happen for reasons you already know [Financial Fair Play restrictions on PSG].
“But I believe it was my destiny to end up at Paris.
“From the little I have seen, our life here in France resembles more the life we led in Spain or Portugal. And at the moment we are 100 percent satisfied.”
Di Maria had joined United after playing a key role in Madrid winning a 10th European Cup courtesy of a 4-1 victory over Atletico Madrid in the Champions League final in May of last year.
Consequently, he found it tough being a spectator during the 2014-15 tournament and is thus looking forward excitedly to PSG’s group-stage opener against Benfica on Tuesday.
“Last season was difficult for me,” Di Maria admitted.
“I didn’t play much and it was tough to watch the Champions League on television after winning it with Real Madrid.
“On Tuesday, I will feel the same emotion as I have every time since my first match for Benfica. It is a magnificent competition.”