PHOTOS: Di Maria scores on Manchester United home debut - former Liverpool star critical

Angel Di Maria Argentina

Angel di Maria scored on his home debut for Manchester United, but former Liverpool midfielder Jason McAteer was still critical of the Argentine.

Angel di Maria’s debut for Manchester United against Burnley at Turf Moor before the international break did not go too well.

The Argentina international’s performance was encouraging, but he failed to lead the Red Devils to victory in the Premier League clash.

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.

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.

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.

  GoalsGoal AssistTotal Att AssistTouchesTotal DribblesDribbles WonTotal PassAccurate PassAppsMins
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.

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