Published: Wed, February 13, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Angel Di Maria has last laugh with PSG on Old Trafford return

Angel Di Maria has last laugh with PSG on Old Trafford return

The Argentine star joined Man United for a big-money fee worth £59.7million in 2014 from Real Madrid.

In the absence of Neymar and Cavani, di Maria's performance will be of further importance to PSG on a night when he was always going to be scrutinised anyway due to his past connections with United.

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

Manchester United fans responded by pelting Di Maria with water bottle while taking a corner-kick.

Some argued that Pogba deserved a straight red for the tackle, while others suggested that Ashley Young was lucky to stay on the pitch after colliding with Angel di Maria in the first half. This was the Di Maria £60m was supposed to buy. "Puta!" to the United faithful, captured clearly by TV cameras.

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Di Maria, who had a beer bottle thrown in his direction in the second half, drank in the criticism from United fans, many of whom have not forgotten his disastrous spell at the club in the 2014/15 season. One user commented that the player had "turned Old Trafford into a pub".

Young's shoulder barge on Di Maria into the hoardings was definitely careless and using excessive force, and under this language he should have been shown a second yellow card.

The French champions followed up Kimpembe's opener with a second goal courtesy of Kylian Mbappe. Di Maria was handed the famed No. 7 jersey at the club, but the pacey wide man never really managed to live up to the lofty expectations that were placed on him upon his arrival. "If you tease him, it does not make him weaker", he said, Sky Sports reported. He [Di Maria] was a bit nervous and needed to be calmer in the first half.

But Di Maria held on to laugh last after spearheading United's first defeat under interim boss Ole Gunnar Solkjaer. There are still 90 minutes left.

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