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PSG's Di Maria out to banish Manchester ghosts
Published :Tuesday, 12 April, 2016,  Time : 12:00 AM  View Count : 18

London, April 11: Angel di Maria will attempt to exorcise some personal ghosts when he returns to Manchester for Paris Saint-Germain's Champions League quarter-final second leg at Manchester City on Tuesday.
The 28-year-old Argentina international endured a miserable time in the city with Manchester United last season, with a traumatic burglary expediting his departure at the end of the campaign.
But whereas his position was constantly chopped and changed by United manager Louis van Gaal, he has benefited from being consistently selected on the wing at PSG, which has yielded a stirring return to form.
"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," Di Maria said of his experience at United in a recent BBC interview.
"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."
Hailing PSG head coach Laurent Blanc, Di Maria added: "From the beginning he was clear where he wanted to play me and has never changed his mind.
"He gave me total freedom to move where I needed to move. I'm very happy here and it wasn't the case over there."
Handed United's fabled number seven shirt after a club-record £59.7 million ($84.3 million, 74 million euros) transfer from Real Madrid, Di Maria could scarcely have arrived at Old Trafford amid greater fanfare. But despite a promising start, including a delicious lob at Leicester City, Manchester would not prove a happy home for the man nicknamed 'Fideo' (Noodle) on account of his skinny frame.    ?AFP








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