Despite a decade of poor signings at Manchester United, there is no doubt that Angel Di Maria will go down as one of the most disappointing. Arriving at the club for a record fee, he failed to make much of an impact during his only season at Old Trafford before leaving for PSG.
He has since gone on to have a very successful career elsewhere and it is clear that he doesn't look back at his time in England with much fondness. He has made a number of comments about his stint at the club in recent years, none of which were complimentary.
Di Maria's latest criticism involved his manager during that period, Louis van Gaal. He told recently told Argentine outlet TYC Sports that the Dutchman was the worst coach he had worked with over the course of his career.
My problem at Manchester was the coach. Van Gaal was the worst of my career. I would score, assist, and the next day he would show me my misplaced passes.
He displaced me from one day to the other, he didn't like players being more than him.
Of course, the two are set to have a reunion at the World Cup tomorrow when Argentina face the Netherlands.
Louis van Gaal responds to Angel Di Maria criticism
Ahead of that game, a reporter asked Louis van Gaal about the comments made by his former player.
It's fair to say he was disappointed by them, although his response seemed to embarrass Memphis Depay who was appearing alongside him.
Di Maria called me the worst manager he has ever had?
He's one of the few players with this opinion. I'm really sorry about this and I find it sad he said this.
Memphis had to deal with it too at Man United and now we kiss each other on the mouth.
Here was the player's reaction.
Van Gaal brincou sobre Di María ter sido que foi seu pior treinador. "Lamento que pense assim, é um dos poucos. Memphis e eu já tivemos problemas e hoje nos beijamos na boca (risos)".pic.twitter.com/fAaAUwnzIW
— Leonardo Bertozzi (@lbertozzi) December 8, 2022
Depay was also at Manchester United during this period, experiencing plenty of struggles of his own. However, as van Gaal alludes to, his relationship with the Dutch boss is now a very healthy one.
We're sure that he would love to get one over on his former player in Qatar tomorrow.