Angel Di Maria has spoken about his gesture to the Manchester United crowd.
Honeymoon for the interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer came to an end when Paris Saint-Germain were 2-0 victors over Manchester United at Old Trafford in the Champions League Round of 16 first leg.
Both the sides contested well during the first half, but it was an entirely different story in the second part of the game. Goals from Presnel Kimpembe and Kylian Mbappe settled the score for Thomas Tuchel’s men. The visitors took utmost advantage to take a two-goal lead to Parc Des Princes.
However, Angel Di Maria was spotted celebrating wildly against his former club fans when Kimpembe scored the opener from a set-piece. The Argentine used a verbal argument which was offensive. From the available clips, it is understood that the former Real Madrid forward was shouting “F**k off Puta” at Manchester United fans after he set up his current teammate at Old Trafford.
It was an eventful game for Di Maria who spent an underwhelming year at Old Trafford before deciding to move to Paris one year later.
— Mirror Football (@MirrorFootball) February 12, 2019
When Angel Di Maria faced his old team, things got spicy 🍿pic.twitter.com/g5o3NmkS1B
— B/R Football (@brfootball) February 13, 2019
He experienced full hostility when he arrived at Manchester United. The Old Trafford crowd decided to throw a beer bottle on the 31-year-old when he was on the verge of taking a corner for his current side.
Angel Di Maria appears to shout “f— off” towards the Man United fans after PSG’s first goal.
He also pretended to drink a beer thrown onto the pitch🍻 pic.twitter.com/JPIz5Brdw7
— ESPN UK (@ESPNUK) February 12, 2019
Man Utd have been charged by UEFA after a section of their supporters threw objects towards Angel Di Maria.#MUNPSG
Full details 👇https://t.co/aLprcgVbcz
— Goal News (@GoalNews) February 13, 2019
After all these actions, the Red Devils are expected to face charge after the beer bottle was thrown at Di Maria who reacted to it in a sumptuous manner which would have infuriated the fans.
However, speaking to the South American media after the game, Di Maria said “Yes, no, the truth is that I never spoke badly about people (the fans) or the club. I only had problems with the manager and nothing else. Then I was very calm. I just stayed calm on the pitch and that’s why things worked out the best way possible.”
There is no doubt that the English outfit decided to hand over a hostile atmosphere to their former player, but it was Di Maria who won the battle yesterday. The former Real Madrid forward registered two assists by setting up Presnel Kimpembe and Kylian Mbappe in the second half.
With a two-goal deficit and Paul Pogba’s suspension, Manchester United have a huge hurdle to clear in the second leg at Paris to stand a chance to qualify for the next knockout round. The second leg will be played on March 6th at Parc Des Princes.