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Karim Benzema "surprised" by Angel di Maria flop at Manchester United

Karim Benzema is certain that ex-Real Madrid teammate Angel di Maria will forget about his Manchester United woes and thrive at Paris Saint-Germain.

Karim Benzema has admitted his surprise that Angel di Maria failed at Manchester United, but backed his former Real Madrid teammate to succeed at Paris Saint-Germain.

The Argentine winger, 27, sealed a £44m move to Les Parisiens in August, some 12 months after the Red Devils spent a British record £59.7m to take him from Spain.

Despite their hefty expenditure of recent summers, the big-spending French champions have failed to get past the quarter-finals of the Champions League.

Nevertheless, Benzema expects Di Maria - who won the competition with Real in 2014 - to be the type of game-changer that PSG need on the European stage.

"Di Maria is a great guy! I have a great understanding with him, not just in a football sense but as a person too," he told Le Parisien. "He has it all - speed, percussion and technique.

"At Real Madrid, he did everything - he played in the middle, on the wing and even at left-back. He is cool and funny. A great teammate. After the great season he had made ​​in 2014, when we won the Champions League and he reached the World Cup final, I was very surprised it didn't work out at United.

"In a team, there is not one player who can do everything by himself, but Di Maria can help a lot in the Champions League because he has the experience of big games and knows all about playing at a high level."

Di Maria made his debut in the 3-0 win at AS Monaco two weeks ago.


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New Paris Saint-Germain's player Argentinian Angel Di Maria Hernandez attends the French L1 football match between Lille and PSG on August 7, 2015
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