PSG boss Tuchel suprised by Di Maria's hostile Old Trafford reception

Ross Houston
February 13, 2019

The Argentinian arrived at United from Real Madrid for a whopping £59.7million - at the time a record signing for a British club. And that was enough for the Argentine hit man to be derided, booed and targeted with projectiles at Old Trafford on Tuesday night.

Di Maria subsequently assisted Kylian Mbappe for PSG's second goal, and the game ended 2-0 in favor of the French side.

Di Maria even had a bottle thrown at him when he went over to take a set-piece in front of the fans during the second-half. Di Maria has since thrived in France and enjoyed the best individual season of his career in 2017/18. He showed no lack of desire in getting to the ball but it was noticeable that he was often being shadowed by Marquinhos whenever United were in possession, a clear sign of PSG head coach Thomas Tuchel attempting to shackle the World Cup victor. One user commented that the player had "turned Old Trafford into a pub".

Emotions were running high at Old Trafford, as Di Maria appeared to yell "f*** off" at the United fans as he celebrated PSG's goal.

Di Maria, 30, faced his old club for the first time since leaving in 2014 and put in a match-winning performance as PSG won despite being without stars Neymar and Cavani.

According to Delaney, Di Maria never actually wanted to join United and his transfer was an unfortunate product of the transfer market at that time. "If you tease him, it does not make him weaker", he said, Sky Sports reported.

Eventually, it was made clear that Pogba had been shown a second yellow card for his poorly timed challenge on Dani Alves, having already been booked in the first half.

Paris Saint-Germain's head coach Thomas Tuchel said of the shove: "There was no need to push Di Maria into the fans but I don't think it was on objective". "In the end he did well". There are still 90 minutes left.

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