Di María was a mercenary at Manchester United – Cardoso
Ángel Di María’s move to Manchester United in 2014 was supposed to revive the club’s charge for Champions League football after a short absence from the competition.
Manager Louis van Gaal convinced the club to pay Real Madrid £59.7million for the Argentine.
The fee was a British transfer record back then but Manchester United were going to count their losses on Di María one year later.
He struggled to fully settle into the team although he showed flashes of his quality on some occasions.
He managed four goals and ten assists during his time at Old Trafford, his assist for Juan Mata’s goal against Liverpool is considered his best display in a Manchester United shirt.
Life off the field was far from enjoyable for Di María as his house was robbed and his family didn’t seem to settle into the culture of their environment.
His wife, Jorgelina Cardoso, has now revealed what went down between the pair leading to his move to Manchester United in an interview with Los Angeles de la Mañana.
“I remember Angel coming up and saying, ‘An offer from Manchester United has come in. Maybe we’ll be a little more financially secure…’. We fought about it. I told him, not a chance, he could go on his own. ‘No, come on. Let’s go’, he replied. There was a lot of money involved, and afterwards, the Spanish were calling us money grabbers. And they were right! If you are working for a company and the competition comes along and offers to pay you double, you take it!”
Cardoso also expressed her dislike for the city of Manchester: “I didn’t want to go to Manchester because at that moment in time, I was friends with Gianinna Maradona, who was married to Agüero, and we flew from Madrid to his house in Manchester to pay him a visit for two or three days when Angel had a few days off at Real Madrid. It was horrible! All of it was horrible, we went to the house and we were like… ‘See you later guys, we’re out of here’. When we left, I said to him, ‘Go to any country – except England’. Anyway, one year later and there we were in England and it was horrible, a shithole”, she explained. “I didn’t like anything about it, not a thing. The women are all skinny, prim and proper… weird. You’re walking down the street and you don’t know if they’re going to kill you or what. The food’s disgusting. All the girls are all dolled up to the nines, perfectly made-up and there’s me with my hair in a bun and with no make-up on”
The relationship between Manchester United and Di María ended when he joined PSG in 2015.
He has since scored 80 goals in 217 games for the French team.