5 Key passes, 3 dribbles, yet only a support role for MUFC's £59.7m midfielder Di Maria

Angel Di Maria

Manchester United held Chelsea to a 1-1 draw on Sunday, but club record signing Angel Di Maria could only play a support role as he watched Robin van Persie net a late equaliser.

The Argentine had arguably his quietest game since moving to England, with his most memorable moment  - aside from his contribution for the Red Devil's goal - coming in the fourth minute, when he sent a volley flying over Thibaut Courtois' cross-bar.

Di Maria threatened throughout, managing four attempts at goal and five key passes - the most of any player involved. He continued in his attempts to breakdown the Chelsea back-four and his impressive work-rate eventually paid its dividends, with the club scoring in the dying moments of the match.  

  TeamTotal ShotsShot Acc (%)Key PassesTotal PassesPass Acc (%)Total CrossesSucc DribblesTouchesMins
Ángel Di María Man Utd 4 25.00 5 28 82.14 18 3 68 90

He played a role in United's equaliser: first winning the free-kick which led to Branislav Ivanovic's red card, and then providing the delivery for Marouane Fellaini whose headed effort rebounded to Robin van Persie who blasted the ball into the back of the net.

He accumulated fewer touches than the majority of his team-mates (62), yet he proved the most menacing in possession, particularly in the final third. He attempted ten dribbles, three of which were successful - second only to Eden Hazard - and he found himself dispossessed on just one occasion. He also drew three fouls. 

The winger's passing is perhaps the only disappointment that will be taken from Sunday's performance. He recorded the lowest accuracy rate of any player in Louis van Gaal's starting-11, making just 28 attempts to pick out a team-mate. Nonetheless, he provided a constant danger from the flank with his crossing ability. 

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