Angel di Maria has explained why he flopped at
Manchester United following his big-money move to
Di Maria joined Manchester United from Real Madrid
in a then club-record £59.7million transfer but failed
to leave up to the Billings and he departed after just
a season at the Old Trafford.
The Argentine forward wanted the number 11 shirt
but Adnan Januzaj was in possession of the No 11
at United at the time, meaning Di Maria was
pressured into taking the No 7 – he claims.
Adnan Januzaj was in possession of the No 11 at
United at the time, meaning Di Maria was pressured
into taking the No 7 – he claims.
‘I don’t really know. When I arrived, I saw that the No
11 was available,’ he told Ligue 1 when asked why
he took that shirt No with the French giants.
‘It’s a shirt No I wore a lot when I was younger and I
was keen to get once again.
‘At Real Madrid, No 11 was already taken, so I took
22. At Manchester United they gave me No 7, I didn’t
get a choice. I would have liked 11 but there we are.
Here, I had a choice, so I chose 11!’
The 31-year-old attacker has won nine major
honours – including three Ligue 1 titles.