Di Maria maintains his reputation as the best in Europe in influential area

Angel Di Maria

Since his move to Manchester United, Angel Di Maria has maintained his reputation as Europe's most effective play-maker.

Angel Di Maria arrived at Old Trafford during the summer window, with the fierce reputation of being the continent's most creative player. Over the course of last season, the former Real Madrid midfielder recorded created more goals (17) than any other player across Europe. 

He has been in superb creative form since his £60 million move from the Spanish capital in August, and continued his impressive start in the Red Devil's Monday night clash.

He supplied the groundwork for his side's first goal against West Brom,as Louis van Gaal's men struggled to 2-2 draw. The British record signing provided a cross from the left flank, which fell kindly onto the chest of Marouane Fellaini, who then brought down the ball and fired into the roof of the net from just inside the penalty area.

Perhaps more impressively, though, is the fact he remains the most creative player among Europe's top five leagues, having picked up at least four more assists than any other player since the beginning of the calendar year. He has maintained this incredible record with Manchester United and already this campaign he has four assists in just six appearances.

  TeamGoal AssistAppsMins
Cesc Fàbregas Chelsea 7 8 711
Dusan Tadic Southampton 7 8 680
Gylfi Sigurdsson Swansea 6 8 703
Leighton Baines Everton 5 8 720
Ángel Di María Man Utd 4 6 483

Only four Premier League players have set up more goals than Di Maria this term, although they boast a distinct advantage in terms of games played. The Argentinian is only just settling into life as a Premier League player, yet he is already living up to his astonishing price-tag.

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