Louis van Gaal has hit back at Angel Di Maria’s claim that he was unable to settle at Manchester United because he was constantly played in different positions.
The Argentinian became the British record transfer when signing from Real Madrid in summer 2014 for £59.7m but moved to Paris Saint-Germain last summer after scoring just four goals in 32 appearances in a disappointing season at Old Trafford.
Speaking about Di Maria following comments from him effectively saying it wasn’t his fault, van Gaal has said the 28-year-old should look at himself before shifting the blame.
He said: “I have never seen [many] players who look at themselves, who look to the way they have performed. It is always the fault of the manager. So he is one of the players who are in a row of players who have no self-criticism. Unfortunately it is my life as a manager. It is always like that.”
“It’s not nice to say certain things but it’s more that they didn’t let me settle properly than I couldn’t settle. I left and that team are still playing the same way. Out of the European competitions, far from being champions of the Premier League.” Angel di Maria
Di Maria’s attitude was atrocious at United and while he is right that his position did change, it’s no excuse for a player of his calibre to simply point fingers and deflect all the blame away from himself.
He should be taking a long, hard look at himself before accusing others of making it difficult for him. It makes him look weak of mind and that’s exactly what he was at United.
“I don’t think it was my fault or the fault of my team-mates. Every time I was given the opportunity, I did all I could but it didn’t work out as I hoped. So I decided to leave, not only to be happy but to win things. I started a game in one position then the next game in another. I scored goals playing in one position, then suddenly the next game I was picked to play in a different position.” Angel di Maria
We’ve not had much luck when it comes to big name signings but Di Maria could have been so much more. He showed his real quality in the first few games but faded away and never had the character needed to claw himself back, he just wasn’t up for it.
Could we have made it easier for him? Maybe. Could he have made it easier himself? Definitely. Good riddance.