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

13 February, 2019, 18:35 | Author: Tommie Newton
  • PSG go away to Manchester United in the last 16 of the Champions League tonight

That year was Di Maria's only since 2008 without a trophy; just three league goals and a £60m price tag made him the symbol of a failed regime at United under Louis van Gaal, but Tuesday night only served to remind Old Trafford what they should have had.

The winger picked out Presnel Kimpembe from a corner for PSG's opener in the 53rd minute, before setting up Kylian Mbappe with a cross to score the second seven minutes later.

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.

Angel di Maria had an eventful return to the club where he spent only one season.

Ashley Young earned his one year contract extension in the eyes of some Manchester United fans when he chose to shoulder barge Angel Di Maria into the metal boards a good five yards from the sidelines at Old Trafford.

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"Referee Daniele Orsato got it right - Young's challenge on Di Maria did not warrant a second yellow card", Clattenburg wrote in the Daily Mail.

The Argentine asks the United fans to turn the volume up on their booing, a bold move by any player.

But late in the first half, Di Maria's end was up. 'He (Young) plays many, many times here, and he knows there is a hill, so there was no need to push Di Maria into the fans.

"But thanks to God, I was able to come to PSG and be myself again", the former Real Madrid superstar said, as quoted by The Sun. If you tease him it doesn't make him weaker, of course'. While he did showcase glimpses of his vast quality, Di Maria wasn't able to do it on a consistent basis. This was the Di Maria £60m was supposed to buy.

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