French TV show Telefoot ran some quotes from Manchester United play-maker Angel Di Maria on Sunday morning. The Argentine international revealed that the move to Paris Saint-Germain broke down due to financial problems, as the French club couldn’t afford to sign him due to Financial Fair Play regulations.
Di Maria did add that it would have been great to play in the French capital, leaving PSG fans dreaming of what might have been.
Angel Di Maria to Telefoot: "I did not join PSG for financial reasons. They could not buy players. It would have been great to play there."— FFW (@FrenchFtWeekly) November 16, 2014
At the start of the season it was difficult to see where Di Maria would have played in PSG’s formation. Laurent Blanc has always favoured 4-3-3, with three central midfielders, and it had taken its toll on both Javier Pastore and Lucas Moura.
Both players prefer to play in the No. 10 position, but it didn’t quite exist when the season kicked off. Blanc would have found it hard to try and squeeze the Argentine into an attacking lineup with Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Edinson Cavani and Ezequiel Lavezzi.
However, injury to Ibrahimovic has forced Blanc into changing the game plan at the Parc des Princes. With the Swede in the side, he is the one to drop deep; playing the playmaker role, but recently Pastore has stepped into the role and helped the development of Lucas Moura.
Cavani has taken the centre-forward role with Moura playing off him and Pastore in the hole. Di Maria would have been the perfect fit in this system Pastore has been impressive, but still only has three assists in 12 games.
It is mouth-watering to think what could have been if you put Di Maria in the current PSG side. With Manchester United lagging in seventh place, scoring 17 goals in 11 games, the former Real Madrid player has notched up five assists and three goals.
Di Maria: "I do not regret leaving Real. I won everything there. I am still young, a lot can happen. I'm not sure where I'll finish up."— Jonathan Johnson (@Jon_LeGossip) November 16, 2014
At the end of the interview, Di Maria suggested that he was still young and didn’t know where he would end up in the future. PSG fans can still dream of the Argentina international pulling on Les Rogues et Bleu, but for now he is PSG’s loss and Manchester United’s gain.
If PSG miss out on the latter stages of the Champions League, they may regret the €50 million purchase of David Luiz, when Angel Di Maria would have been the missing piece of the Parisian puzzle.