Saturday, 23 February, 2019

PSG's Di Maria expected United fans' abuse accused of swearing in reply

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Kristopher Love | 13 February, 2019, 17:09

Angel Di Maria has risked a Champions League ban for his reaction to Manchester United fans in PSG's win at Old Trafford.

His performance was memorable for many reasons, as Man United's fans and players looked to get at di Maria early on.

A beer bottle was thrown onto the pitch near Di Maria, but the stunt didn't seem to affect him. So when he assisted the French side's first goal of the night, a corner smashed in by Kimpembe on the edge of the six yard box after slipping away from Matic, he took the opportunity to return the favour.

As the PSG players celebrated on the byline, an incensed Di Maria let out his frustration by screaming "F*ck off!"

With PSG superstar Neymar and main striker Edinson Cavani both ruled of the trip to Old Trafford, Di Maria will have an important role to play on Tuesday night.

And Tuchel praised Di Maria for sticking to his task, while also revealing his surprise over the negative reception he received from the Old Trafford faithful.

Later, he blew kisses to the stands and imitated drinking from a bottle that was hurled at him by a fan.

To rub salt into the United wounds, Di Maria was then on hand to provide the assist for the second goal of the game, firing the ball into the path of wonder kid Kylian Mbappe to slot home on the hour mark and put the game beyond reach for United.

In truth, Young was perhaps fortunate to not receive a second yellow for the shove, however he survived and has since been applauded for his efforts by Man Utd fans.

"It was hard from the opening minute but I knew this was going to happen", Di Maria told Cadena Cope radio of the atmosphere. If you tease him, it does not make him weaker. He [Di Maria] was a bit nervous and needed to be calmer in the first half.

PSG superstar Angel Di Maria has blamed Louis van Gaal for his nightmarish stay at Manchester United during the 2014-15 campaign. There are still 90 minutes left.