Ex-Manchester United hero admits being disappointed with Angel Di Maria

Angel Di Maria Argentina

Former Manchester United centre back Gordon McQueen says Angel Di Maria has been underwhelming.

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal picked up another home win on Saturday as Juan Mata's second half strike saw off Crystal Palace in an unconvincing 1-0 victory.

It means that the Dutchman has lost just one game at Old Trafford - the opening day defeat to Swansea City - as he slowly turns the Theatre of Dreams back into a fortress.

Bouncing back from last Sunday's 1-0 loss to Manchester City was key, and whilst they didn't coast past Palace like many expected, they managed to recover from derby day defeat to claim all three points - leaving them just two points off a top four spot.

One player who came in for criticism at the Etihad Stadium was midfielder Angel Di Maria, with the Argentine suffering his worst performance to date against City.

The Argentine, who joined from Real Madrid for £60m this summer, wasn't much better against Palace, and former Red Devils defender Gordon McQueen has been disappointed with his performances of late.

"When you pay that kind of money, you need to dominate games, but he has dipped in and out too many for my liking recently," McQueen told Goal.

"I’m confident he will come good because he was highly rated at Real Madrid and I know that Cristiano Ronaldo loved him as a player," added the Scot.

Di Maria, 26, came in for criticism from manager van Gaal for his display against Palace, with the former Bayern Munich boss slamming his failure to stick to United's game plan.

"Sometimes you cannot dribble, so you have to make it a passing game, and Di Maria is not a player who wants to give a pass every time he gets the ball," said van Gaal. "But in this case we needed that and not dribbles. Therefore he lost the ball a lot and that was not good for the balance of the team."

Register for MANCHESTER UNITED team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch