Angel Di Maria hit the ground running in his debut for PSG as he provided an assist for countryman, Eziquel Lavezzi in a 30 minute cameo off the bench. After the match, Di Maria took a swipe at Van Gaal revealing that working with the Dutch tactician was difficult.
While Di Maria did not out rightly condemn Van Gaal’s playing style, the former Real Madrid man cited Van Gaal’s philosophy as one of the reasons he left the club claiming that it made it difficult for him to play and the manager failed to see his point of view. “Van Gaal has his philosophy and one of the things that made me want to leave is that,” he said on ESPN Radio Argentina. ”It is difficult to adapt to Van Gaal. I had a couple of rows with him.” Di Maria told the radio station that he had been pleased with how life started at Old Trafford but had become unhappy when Van Gaal played him out of position which made him less effective. “I started well and after that I got injured,” he explained. “Things didn’t go well for me and Van Gaal changed my position.” Laurent Blanc is clearly not going to make the same mistake as Di Maria also added “I spoke with [Laurent] Blanc and his thinking was that I’d play in a similar position to where I did at Real Madrid.”
This is not the first time a former player is hitting out at Van Gaal and it seems the Dutchman needs to work on his people skills.