Published: Wed, February 13, 2019
Sports | By Juana Wells

PSG's Di Maria expected United fans' abuse accused of swearing in reply

PSG's Di Maria expected United fans' abuse accused of swearing in reply

To rub salt into the United wounds, Di Maria was then on hand to provide the assist for the second goal of the game, firing the ball into the path of wonder kid Kylian Mbappe to slot home on the hour mark and put the game beyond reach for United.

According to Delaney, Di Maria never actually wanted to join United and his transfer was an unfortunate product of the transfer market at that time. It seems clear from his comments that he blames Van Gaal and the coaching staff for his failure. And United are braced for a UEFA fine after a number of flares were set off by PSG supporters shortly before kick off.

Di Maria, who had a beer bottle thrown in his direction in the second half, drank in the criticism from United fans, many of whom have not forgotten his disastrous spell at the club in the 2014/15 season. The Argentine was sold to PSG the following summer for €63m (£44m).

In addition, Man United captain on the night Ashley Young also "pushed" Di Maria into the hoardings in the first stanza, with fans enjoying every bit of the action.

"There was no need to push him [Di Maria] into the fence", Tuchel told reporters.

"I only stayed one year", he said during an interview on French radio. "If you tease him, it does not make him weaker", he said, Sky Sports reported. Di Maria and van Gaal were reportedly very different characters, with the Argentine poorly suited to the Dutchman's style.

After the game,

Information from Manchester United correspondent Rob Dawson was used in this report.

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