The two worrying Angel Di Maria stats from Saturday's match

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Angel Di Maria set up the winning goal for Manchester United against Crystal Palace but his overall performance had its flaws.

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Manchester United won 1-0 against Crystal Palace on Saturday in what was a vital game for Louis van Gaal’s side.

Having managed just a single point from their clashes with Chelsea and Manchester City a victory over the Eagles was an absolute must as United attempted to climb back into the Premier League’s top four.

It was substitute Juan Mata who netted the vital goal shortly after being introduced, but Angel Di Maria – as he has so often this season – provided the assist.

However, that moment apart the Argentina international had a match to forget, with two areas in particular that could concern his new fans.

The 26-year-old had six efforts on goal himself but only one of those made the 'keeper work while all 12 of his attempted crosses failed to find their intended target.

In short, the United star’s radar was well and truly off, not that it affected him so much that he could not supply the pass that set up Mata’s vital strike.

That moment proves that Di Maria can still make important contributions in the midst of a poor performance.

But for £59.7million van Gaal will expect more; especially when the British-record signing had subdued matches against Chelsea and City – exactly the kind of games he would have been bought to make his mark on.

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