In-form Manchester United loanee Nani dived in on Angel di Maria as Portugal and Argentina enjoyed a combative opening 20 minutes in to their match.
Manchester United supporters that were watching the game were left wincing when Angel di Maria was left in a pile on the floor following the Portuguese winger's challenge, but drew a sigh of relief when he was able to shake off the injury and carry on playing.
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A number of United players have already been injured during the international transfer window, most notably David de Gea, and the loss of Di Maria would have surely been the nightmare end to an hellish week for the Red Devil fanbase.
Nevertheless, despite not doing any damage to the Old Trafford fan-favourite, Nani was ascended on by United fans who hammered him for the challenge:
Nani, what a clown. Hope he never puts on a MUFC shirt again— Diego Fernandez (@Diego_F_SA) November 18, 2014
No idea why Nani would tackle anyone like that let alone a team mate— Andy_ (@ajs612) November 18, 2014
NANI injuring our best player before an important game .. Never come back to Old Trafford you fraud of a player @luisnani— Beerus (@tsheepang) November 18, 2014
Why is Nani being a traitor like that, Di Maria can't get injured man!— The Poet (@Pendazano_gbb) November 18, 2014
Nani don't come back. EVER https://t.co/joai1Somei— Mufc Devil Update (@DevilUpdate) November 18, 2014
Nani dont come back to Manchester— Dirty Diego (@Monsiuer_T) November 18, 2014
Following the injury scare, Di Maria lasted more than 40 minutes before being substituted for Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Erik Lamela. A decision that will have no doubt left United supporters delighted he eventually finished the match unscathed.
Despite the Old Trafford showcasing the talents of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo,among other, on Tuesday night, it was 20-year-old Lorient full-back Raphaël Guerreiro that found the back of the net with his first international goal in just his second appearance.
However, the good news for United supporters who watched the game will be, failing any freak accidents, Louis van Gaal should have Di Maria in attendance for when they travel to the Emirates on Saturday.