After the exit of Cristiano Ronaldo from Manchester United in 2008, many believed Angel di Maria would become the club’s next biggest No. 7 star.
The Argentine sealed a £59.7 million move from Real Madrid back in 2014, but he never reached his best heights while playing for the club.
After one season at the club, Di Maria was disillusioned under then manager Louis van Gaal, and he left for Paris Saint-Germain with just 32 appearances and four goals while playing for Manchester United.
Di Maria was given the No. 7 shirt upon signing for the club, but it never worked for him.
The Argentine regained back form and confidence upon moving to PSG, and he has now revealed that he didn’t care much about the No. 7 jersey, while stating that Van Gaal was his problem at the club.
Di Maria told TyC Sports: “I didn’t give a f*ck about the Manchester United No. 7, at first they talked to me a lot about it, it was just a shirt.
“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.”