Plenty of Manchester United supporters have taken aim at former manager Louis van Gaal for selling Angel Di Maria to Paris Saint-Germain following the Argentine’s scintillating performance in the Champions League.
The 29-year-old was part of a dominant PSG team that caused a huge upset by defeating Barcelona 4-0 in the first leg of their last-16 tie at Parc des Princes on Tuesday evening.
Di Maria scored twice before leaving the pitch to a standing ovation when substituted in the second half, while Julian Draxler and Edinson Cavani also added to the scoresheet.
Witnessing Di Maria’s dazzling display reminded a number of United fans that they had the winger in their ranks not that long ago, but they failed to keep hold of him.
Van Gaal, who spent two years at the Old Trafford helm before getting sacked last summer, signed Di Maria from Real Madrid in 2014, but the Argentine spent just one season with the Red Devils before joining PSG.
He managed three goals and 10 assists in 27 Premier League appearances during a spell where he played in various positions, and nabbed 10 goals and 18 assists in 29 Ligue 1 outings in his first season with the French giants.
Following his impressive showing against Barcelona, fans took the opportunity to point the finger at Van Gaal.
— Sam (@Esso02) February 14, 2017
Let us not claim LVG is good guy…Mourinho would never sell Di Maria.._LVG's tactics feels like death itself
— Nonso Michaels (@Mkhintaryan) February 14, 2017
Di Maria showed the class that Lvg killed in him with his tactics or lack of.
— Martianman (@MadRedDog4) February 14, 2017
I knew LVG was something else when he was benching Di Maria for Lingard smh
— T (@toumani_10) February 14, 2017
All I can say is God go punish LvG for making us lose Di Maria ontop foolish philosophy.
— ENIGMA (@prolifik07) February 14, 2017
LVG was very very stupid for selling Di Maria
— Ugõ (@UgoTalksAlot) February 14, 2017
I really wish Di Maria had succeeded with us. We would be unreal if he was on the RW. Sadly LVG played him all over the place
— OnlyJuan (@Redchris1230) February 14, 2017
A shame Di Maria was a snake when he was at ours. A shame LVG deployed him at left wing-back for most of his stay as well.
— David Wilkinson (@ManLikeCorbyn) February 14, 2017
— James (@jdknowles77) February 14, 2017
LVG sold Di Maria ???????? https://t.co/QaKznpK4eP
— Muhammad Goje™ (@Mr_goje) February 14, 2017
LVG was a https://t.co/qCyhikQWSi could he let a player like Di maria go?
— Sahabee Aliyu (@Lazy_Kagawa) February 14, 2017
Always said we should have given DiMaria more of a chance to settle at United. But with LVG didn't expect much to happen anyways…
— Mohammad Zahid (@MZahid7) February 14, 2017
I honestly can't believe we had Di Maria at United, had all the qualities and LVG wanted to play him CM in a 3-5-2. Stupid idiot!
— Brandon (@itsbeanybaby) February 14, 2017