Angel di Maria’s debut for Manchester United against Burnley at Turf Moor before the international break did not go too well.
However, on Sunday against Queens Park Rangers at Old Trafford, Di Maria was on fire and the best player on the pitch as United registered their first competitive victory of the season under manager Louis van Gaal.
It was the 26-year-old winger - who joined United from Real Madrid for a club-record £59.7 million in the summer - who opened the scoring on 24 minutes with a left-footed free kick from around 35 yards out.
There was a suggestion that it may have been fluke as his floated delivery evaded everyone, but nevertheless it went past QPR goalkeeper Rob Green and into the net, leading England legend Gary Lineker to make the following comment on social networking site Twitter.
May appear a fluke by Di Maria, but with such precision there is always a chance of it going straight in.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) September 14, 2014
Di Maria was the (lucky) creator of United’s fourth and final goal just before the hour mark when his fierce left-footed shot fell straight to Juan Mata, who made no mistake in putting it away.
The former Benfica star was everywhere in attack for United and was a nightmare for the QPR defence, but former Liverpool midfielder Jason McAteer was not entirely convinced by the 2014 World Cup star’s performance.
Just don't see it with di Maria he gives it away so much ??— Jason MCATEER (@MCATEER4) September 14, 2014
That was a shot not a pass !— Jason MCATEER (@MCATEER4) September 14, 2014
But does McAteer have a point when he says that Di Maria gave the ball away too much against QPR? The stats below show that he does, as the Argentine had just over 80% passing accuracy.
|Goals||Goal Assist||Total Att Assist||Touches||Total Dribbles||Dribbles Won||Total Pass||Accurate Pass||Apps||Mins|
|Ángel Di María||1||1||4||95||3||2||76||61||1||82|
However, Di Maria’s commitment, pace and ability to link up with his teammates compensate for his relatively low passing accuracy. He created no fewer than four chances for his teammates and troubled the Rangers defenders throughout his time on the pitch.
Overall, Di Maria’s home debut for United was a huge success, and the club's fans will expect him to deliver similar performances more often than not.