Carragher: Manchester United new boy better than James Rodriguez

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Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher believes Manchester United's record signing Angel Di Maria is better right now than James Rodriguez

Jamie Carragher is not worried about putting his opinions on social networking website Twitter and his latest will certainly sit well with most United fans. 

Di Maria had a fantastic home debut for United yesterday, scoring one and assisting another in United's 4-0 win over Queens Park Rangers. This led the former Liverpool defender to openly question Real Madrid's decision to sell the talismanic midfielder.

This tweet prompted a follower to reply that all of Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and James Rodriguez are better players than Di Maria. Carragher did not agree:

Louis Van Gaal's side were made to pay £59.7 for Di Maria, a new record for the Premier League. Real Madrid had already bought Colombian World Cup star James Rodriguez from Monaco for £63 million just after the tournament, so were more than willing to push the 26-year-old Argentinian through the exit door.

Both of the world stars have had very different starts to life at their new clubs; Rodriguez's career at Madrid has started dismally with the Champions League winners losing two and winning only one of their first three La Liga games. Rodriguez is also yet to score or assist his team-mates in the league.

Di Maria on the other hand has had a much better start on a individual level. His debut against Burnley was exciting despite the result, but yesterday his man of the match performance against QPR proved he is a player of the highest calibre. 

  TeamPosGoalsGoal AssistKey Passes / gamePass success%AppsMins
Angel Di Maria Real Madrid MF 4 17 2.6 82.1 27(7) 2,756
James Rodriguez Monaco MF 7 11 2.5 81.1 29(4) 2,636

We've taken both players' statistics from last season so we can get a better idea who is really the better player.

When it comes to goalscoring James Rodriguez came out on top scoring seven goals for Monaco in the 2013/14 Ligue 1 season. Di Maria only scored four for Real but when it comes to assists the Argentinian is dominant, he created 17 goals for his Madrid team-mates whereas James only made 11 for his.

Di Maria's key passes per game and overall pass success rate are also marginally better than the Colombian's; United new number seven made 2.6 key passes per La Liga match compared to James' 2.5, whilst his pass success percentage is also one percent higher at 82.1%.

From the stats you would be brave to argue with Carragher's view of each player; Di Maria has performed better in a much more competitive league compared to where James has been playing. The Real Madrid man could yet reach the heights of Di Maria as he is three years younger, but he is not at that level yet it seems.

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