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Angel Di Maria - United wanted me out

SoccerBy Kevin Palmer
Di Maria happy to be out of United
Di Maria happy to be out of United

Angel Di Maria has claimed Manchester United wanted him out of their club, as he spoke for the first time as a Paris Saint-Germain player following his £44m move to the French capital.

Di Maria infuriated United officials by flying to Qatar without their consent to complete his medial ahead of a move to PSG, with a fee for the player only agreed in the last few days.

Despite United's belief that Di Maria would meet up with his team-mates in America last month, he remained in Argentina until a deal with PSG was agreed and is believed to have been fined by the Old Trafford club for his actions.

In the end, Di Maria got the move to PSG that he wanted last summer, when Financial Fair Play rules meant he was forced to join United for what proved to be a woeful year at the club after a British record £59.7m move.

"This is not only my decision," said Di Maria at a press conference in Paris. 

"They (United) also wanted to sell me. It is a shared decision between the three parties, if we include PSG.

"PSG have been following me for several years. I am very proud to now be able to play for this great club, alongside such great players."

United fans have reacted with anger to Di Maria's behaviour in the last few weeks, as he did all he could to ensure he did not need to return to Manchester ahead of the new Premier League season.

The confirmation that his is now a PSG player brings down the curtain on the most expensive flop signing in Premier League history, with Di Maria unforgiving as he signed on the dotted line for the French champions.

"Things did not turn out well for me at Manchester United for many reasons, but that is the past," he added.

"I have been in Paris for two days and I am delighted because I know my wife and my daughter will be happy here."

It can only be imagined how Di Maria will be received if PSG and United come face-to-face in the Champions League this season. Football tends to have a habit of ensuring such scenarios become a reality.