PSG boss Tuchel suprised by Di Maria's hostile Old Trafford reception

Carrie Guzman
February 13, 2019

And ahead of a big return to Old Trafford on Tuesday night, when Manchester United face off against PSG in the Round of 16 stages of the UEFA Champions League, Di Maria lifted the lid on his struggles in England, while speaking to radio station France Bleu (h/t The Sun).

Di Maria, who used to play for the Red Devils, received some mild jeering from his former fans on the night and made a decision to respond after Presnel Kimpembe opened the scoring.

Di Maria even had a bottle thrown at him when he went over to take a set-piece in front of the fans during the second-half.

However, the reaction from Angel di Maria after the goal was rather aggressive, as he appeared to hurl abuses at the Manchester United fans.

After a goalless first 45 minutes, PSG finally found a breakthrough when boo boy Di Maria fired a corner into the United box which was volleyed home by French global Presnel Kimpembe on 53 minutes. Di Maria has since thrived in France and enjoyed the best individual season of his career in 2017/18.

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Angel Di Maria created quite a buzz on Tuesday night at Old Trafford, both with his scintillating display on the field and also with his goal celebration.

A run down the left wing and a low cross in to Kylian MBAPPE lead to PSG's second goal.

Di Maria, 30, faced his old club for the first time since leaving in 2014 and put in a match-winning performance as PSG won despite being without stars Neymar and Cavani. Di Maria and van Gaal were reportedly very different characters, with the Argentine poorly suited to the Dutchman's style.

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. He was a bit nervous and needed to be calmer in the first-half.

In truth, Young was perhaps fortunate to not receive a second yellow for the shove, however he survived and has since been applauded for his efforts by Man Utd fans.

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