PSG fans pick up Old Trafford steward during Man Utd win

Sherman Parsons
February 14, 2019

"He had a hard time in the first half, the guy is very competitive".

After a goalless first 45 minutes, PSG finally found a breakthrough when boo boy Di Maria fired a corner into the United box which was volleyed home by French worldwide Presnel Kimpembe on 53 minutes. PSG played with five midfielders and they never lost the ball.

Both players, who have been key under United's new boss, were forced off during the defeat on Tuesday night.

And his influence on the game was non-existent as PSG, buoyed by injuries to Martial and Jesse Lingard, dominated the ball and were able to play higher up the pitch.

Instead of falling off the pace, they could have improved.

By the time Di Maria responded to the torrent of abuse by picking up a bottle of beer hurled at him and taking a sip, PSG was already leading thanks to academy graduate Presnel Kimpembe's first PSG goal in the 53rd minute.

The Argentina forward joined United in 2014 for a then club record 59.7 million pounds but an underwhelming debut season under then-manager Louis Van Gaal led to his departure to PSG a year later.

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Di Maria scored just four goals in 32 games for the club, but believes the fault lies with the manager who didn't allow him to express himself. 'When he plays, he needs to find himself because we know there's a quality player there'.

"There is a reason for them being one of the favourites for the Champions League".

As the PSG players celebrated on the byline, an incensed Di Maria let out his frustration by screaming "F*ck off! It's going to be hard [to qualify] but it's not impossible".

"Of course, we are even better if Ney and Cavani are there for example, but football isn't two or three players, it's the whole team and that's what we showed".

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