Angel Di Maria says he was played out of position during his brief stint with Manchester United, and departed the club in order to win silverware.
The Paris Saint-Germain playmaker told BBC Sport he was unhappy during his lone season in England’s top flight, as United failed to grant him enough time to get settled.
“It’s not nice to say certain things but it’s more that they didn’t let me settle properly, then I couldn’t settle,” Di Maria said, according to the BBC’s translation. “I left and the team are still playing the same way. Out of the European competitions, far from being champions of the Premier League.
“I don’t think it was my fault or the fault of my teammates. Every time I was given the opportunity, I did all I could but it didn’t work out as I hoped. So I decided to leave, not only to be happy but to win things.”
The Argentine was sold after one season at Old Trafford to PSG, where he has already helped the team win the 2015-16 Ligue 1 title.
One of his biggest complaints about his former team was its failure to recognize where to utilize him best on the pitch, as he was asked to play several positions during his short time under manager Louis van Gaal.
“I started a game in one position, then the next game in another. I scored goals playing in one position, then suddenly the next game I was picked to play in a different position. I think this also didn’t help me settle,” he said.
“It’s up to the manager to decide where and how every player should play, but I think that the player should be comfortable in that position and adapt to it. That is what I’m doing here and I’m very thankful to the manager for it.”
Unlike the misery of playing in Manchester, his arrival in Paris has been a success thus far. Di Maria has found the back of the net nine times and set his teammates up for 11 goals en route to helping PSG win the league title in record time.