PSG’s Emery challenges Di Maria to get better

Paris Saint-Germain's under-pressure manager Unai Emery is hopeful that Angel Di Maria can find his best form in the second half of the 2016/17 campaign.

The 28-year-old has chipped in with just three goals and six assists in 23 appearances for the French champions which has arguably contributed to PSG's less than convincing league form.

The Parisians from the capital are third in the table, five points behind surprise leaders Nice and three back from Monaco in second position on the standings.

The club return to action with a Coupe de la Ligue quarter-final against Metz at the Parc des Princes 11 January, before taking on Rennes in a Ligue 1 clash away from home.

Nonetheless, Emery has expressed his hope that Di Maria can help Edinson Cavani fill the void left by Zlatan Ibrahimovic who departed for Manchester United before the season.

He told Marca: "When a star player like Ibrahimovic leaves, the responsibility that other top players like Di Maria take on puts them even more in the fans' minds.

"He is a very experienced player and a very important one, whose performance has been good, while we all think and hope he'll get even better. I'm sure that will happen in the second half of the season."