Angel di Maria insists he trains every day with a smile on his face at Paris St Germain

by Sam Peoples

Angel di Maria clearly couldn’t be happier now that he has left Manchester United for Paris St Germain.

The Argentinian winger insists he trains every day at PSG with a smile on his face and is certainly doing his best to make it sound like he was never happy in Manchester.

Di Maria had a poor first season at United and chose to leave at the first opportunity to join PSG rather than fight for his career at Old Trafford.

Now, speaking about PSG, Di Maria said his family is happy in Paris and reiterates a desire to win the Champions League with them.

“It’s really nice here,” he said.

“I train every day with a smile on my face – I’m happy to be here, and I have been settling in well with my team-mates.

“Paris is a really nice city. My family has felt very good here from the first day they arrived. That makes it a lot easier for me to focus on football.

“From the day I arrived here, I could see the quality of the players here and the ambition they have to win [the Champions League] – the desire they show in every training session and in every match.

“We all have the same ambition and desire to fight for it. And I think that with the players here we can achieve it.”

When rumours surfaced linking Di Maria with an exit from United, fans were categorically against it but slowly as the summer progressed that mentality changed, to the point where fans were happy to see the back of him.

His distinct lack of desire to turn his poor start around left fans extremely disappointed and that sort of player doesn’t deserve to play for United, so it was a good thing he was sold in the summer.

I suppose what was most disappointing about Di Maria was the fact he was so good right at the start of last season but wasn’t able to maintain that consistently, and he dwindled out when his form dipped. He showed us what we could do but then failed to match level all year long.

United fans have moved on very quickly from Di Maria thanks to the great signings who were brought in this summer but it’s such a shame he didn’t have the application and drive to succeed at the club.

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