Di Maria ‘clashed’ with LVG

Lesotho Times - - Sport -

LON­DON — An­gel Di Maria ( pic­tured) has ad­mit­ted to clash­ing with for­mer man­ager Louis Van Gaal dur­ing his ill-fated stint at Manch­ester United and hinted that his poor re­la­tion­ship with the Dutch­man con­trib­uted to a dip in his per­for­mance.

The for­mer Real Madrid player joined United for a Bri­tish record £59.7 mil­lion last sea­son, but af­ter an im­pres­sive start at Old Traf­ford, with three goals in his first four games, he suf­fered a two-month in­jury lay­off and failed to score again in the league.

To­wards the end of the sea­son he was regularly left out by Van Gaal and was sold to French cham­pi­ons Paris St Ger­main for a re­ported €63 mil­lion af­ter the cam­paign.

“It is dif­fi­cult to adapt to Van Gaal be­cause he points to his phi­los­o­phy,” the Bri­tish media quoted Di Maria as telling ESPN Ra­dio in Ar­gentina, where he is cur­rently on in­ter­na­tional duty pre­par­ing for the game against Bo­livia on Satur­day.

“Ev­ery­one takes what he wants and does. I started very well with him and then had a cou­ple of clashes.

“There came a time when I did not have a good re­la­tion­ship with Van Gaal and that in­flu­ences much in a player’s mind,” the 27-year-old Ar­gentina winger added. — Reuters.

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