Angel Di Maria admits he never wanted to join Manchester United

Image: Angel Di Maria scored three Premier League goals in 27 appearances for Manchester United

Angel Di Maria has admitted he never wanted to leave Real Madrid and join Manchester United.

Di Maria joined Paris Saint-Germain in a £44.3m deal from United in the summer - just a year after moving to Old Trafford from Real for £59.7m in 2014.

The Argentina international recently criticised United boss Louis van Gaal over his way of working, admitting it made him want to leave Old Trafford.

And in a recent interview with Spanish newspaper Marca, the 27-year-old revealed he would have preferred to stay at the Bernabeu.

He said: "My intention was always to stay at Madrid. I don't really know what happened on the inside of the deal - these are things that representatives deal with. It happens in football.

Angel Di Maria poses with his PSG jersey during his official presentation in Paris.
Image: Angel Di Maria signed for PSG in a £44.3m deal in the summer

"My move to PSG could have happened before this summer but it didn't for financial reasons and I ended up going to United. In the summer I had the chance to go there again and I could not say no."

Asked why his move to United turned sour, Di Maria said: "I started very well but then I had problems with people at the club, I started being left on the bench, then my home was robbed. It all just made me want to get out of there as quickly as possible."

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On settling into life in Paris, Di Maria added: "The truth is that I'm gradually adapting; everyone has been really welcoming since day one and a great help to me and my family.

"I have to keep working on finding my feet. It's not easy to come into a club and get to know the players and the system of play from day one, but it's coming, bit by bit."

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