Angel Di Maria of Argentina has never been afraid to talk about working for Louis van Gaal, whom he once called “the worst of my career.”
In the highly anticipated World Cup quarterfinal matchup between Argentina and the Netherlands, a squad Van Gaal has significantly improved over the past 12 months, the two are expected to reunite.
Di Maria, a former Manchester United forward whom the Dutch manager signed after a forgettable stint at Old Trafford, isn’t exactly a fan.
The Argentine attacked Van Gaal in an interview with the Italian publication Libero.
He claimed that the coach at Manchester was his issue. The worst of his career was Van Gaal. He would make a goal or an assist, and the following day, he would demonstrate his missed passes.
Van Gaal moved him from day to day because he didn’t like it when players were better than him.
In the summer of 2014, Manchester United acquired the Argentine forward from Real Madrid for a then-British record £59.7 million.
He signed a five-year contract with Old Trafford and received the number 7 jersey, which had previously belonged to players like David Beckham, George Best, Eric Cantona, and Cristiano Ronaldo.
He came in after an impressive World Cup performance with Argentina and a Man of the Match showing in the Champions League final victory over Atletico Madrid.
Nevertheless, despite a promising beginning, it was never successful in Manchester. In actuality, Van Gaal and United cut their losses by selling him to PSG for £44 million 11 months later.
Di Maria acknowledged that his relationship with Louis van Gaal contributed to his family’s difficulty adjusting to life in Manchester shortly after they moved to Paris Saint-Germain in the summer of 2015.
Di Maria admitted to Le Parisien that initially, they had been a little unhappy. But later, things got tricky.
It wasn’t always easy living in England. Being from South America, it is difficult. Some people adjust well, while for others it is more difficult.
He didn’t get along well with the coach, so he believes joining Paris was the best course of action.