Angel Di Maria’s harsh assessment of Manchester United’s No. 7 shirt, as Cristiano Ronaldo is forced to wait.
Cristiano Ronaldo donned the number seven shirt during his first time at Manchester United and is expected to do so again when he returns.
Angel Di Maria is one of the few players to have worn the Manchester United No 7 shirt at some point in their careers, but he has reportedly said he doesn’t care about the club’s history.
Following Cristiano Ronaldo’s unexpected transfer to the Theatre of Dreams, talk about the famed shirt has resurfaced.
Ronaldo, 36, spent the first six years of his career with United, after signed for £12 million from Sporting Lisbon in 2003.
Ronaldo became known as the world’s most sought-after player before his move to Real Madrid, winning three Premier League titles, three FA Cup winner’s medals, and a Ballon d’Or during his time in England.
And now that the superstar has returned to the Red Devils, speculation has resurfaced as to whether he will wear the shirt that brought him so much success in the past.
Edinson Cavani presently wears the No 7 jersey, but because to Ronaldo’s association with the number, United have reportedly sought the Premier League for a special dispensation to allow Cavani to switch to a different number and Ronaldo to take the Uruguayan’s jersey.
Despite all the attention, there was one player who couldn’t have cared less when he wore it: Di Maria.
In an interview with TyC Sports, Di Maria stated flatly that he was unconcerned in the shirt’s history, preferring to concentrate solely on his game.
Di Maria stated, “I didn’t give a f*** about the Manchester United No 7.”
“At first, they spent a lot of time talking to me about it…it was just a shirt.”
Despite not living up to expectations as a United player, Di Maria thinks his bad performance in Manchester was due to the mistakes of former manager Louis Van Gaal, not himself.
Di Maria was bought by the Dutchman in his first transfer window, but after a promising start, the Argentine drifted away, resulting in his departure to Paris Saint-Germain.
And Di Maria was quick to put the finger at the Dutch CEO as the source of the problem.
He went on to say, “My difficulty at Manchester was the coach.”
“Van Gaal was the worst coach I’ve ever had.
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