Di Maria blames Man Utd for his nightmare spell in the Premier League

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ANGEL DI MARIA has pointed the finger at Manchester United and ex-boss Louis van Gaal for his Old Trafford nightmare.

United smashed the British record transfer fee when they shelled out £60milion to Real Madrid for the Argentine winger in 2014.

Di Maria blames Man Utd for his nightmare spell in the Premier LeaguePA:Empics Sport5 Angel Di Maria endured a nightmare year at Manchester United
Di Maria blames Man Utd for his nightmare spell in the Premier LeagueAFP5 Angel Di Maria joined Manchester United from Real Madrid in 2014

But he only lasted a season and United fans only saw flashes of his quality under Van Gaal.

He made just 32 appearances and scored four goals in a miserable year in England and was moved on to Paris Saint-Germain for £44m.

On Tuesday, the 30-year-old makes his return to Old Trafford with the French giants for their Champions League last 16 first-leg clash.

And Di Maria has lifted the lid on his United struggles ahead of the game on radio station France Bleu.

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He said: "I only stayed one year. It wasn't the best period of my career, or they didn't let me have my best time there.

"There were problems with the coach at the time.

“But thanks to God, I was able to come to PSG and be myself again."

Di Maria's family failed to settle in the North West after an attempted burglary while they were at home watching TV.

His wife Jorgelina Cardoso refused to return to the house after burglars believed to be armed with scaffolding poles tried to smash their way into his home.

PSG will be without Neymar – his foot injury sustained last month is expected to keep him out of action until April.

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But the big blow for boss Thomas Tuchel is the absence of Edinson Cavani.

The striker limped out of PSG’s win at home to Bordeaux on Saturday with a leg muscle strain and is a doubt for the return leg in Paris next month.

Meanwhile, United are expected to recall Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard who both sat out the 3-0 win at Fulham on Saturday.

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