2 shots, 1 key pass: How Manchester United star fared at Old Trafford on Tuesday

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Manchester United's Angel Di Maria impressed the Old Trafford crowd in Argentina's clash with Portugal on Tuesday.

Who would shine as Argentina and Portugal faced off at Old Trafford on Tuesday night: Barcelona's Lionel Messi or Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo?

In a quiet game between two of the world's most prestigious international sides, it was FC Lorient left-back Raphael Guerriero who would steal the plaudits, scoring in stoppage time to lift the Portuguese to victory. 

As football fans flocked to the Theatre of Dreams to witness some of the greatest contemporary stars in action, Manchester United's Angel di Maria put in a fantastic display on his home ground.

An instant fan-favourite, the supporters' love for the mercurial number seven clearly extends beyond the reaches of club football. As he dazzled with his trickery in this match, he was greeted by cheers and applause from start to finish.

As per WhoScored.com, Di Maria failed to record a completed dribble. However, he caused tremendous problems for Portugal's Jose Bosingwa, as the right-back struggled all evening with the winger's pace and creativity.

He found himself in decent shooting positions at times, fashioning two attempts at goal - one of which hit the intended target. However, he was unable to showcase his usual creative talents, failing to register a single key pass. 

The Argentine's passing proved slightly off point (80% accurate), although he almost matched his current average for the season (79%).

Nonetheless, a high-risk player by nature - operating in the final third for the majority of the game - he is bound misplace a few of his attempts to find a team-mate. 

Di Maria's involvement was cut short, however, following a rash challenge from United-owned Nani. The Portuguese forward clattered his side's £59.7million summer signing, and while he was able to continue for a short while after, he was removed by manager Gerard Martino on the 65 minute mark.

Watching from the stands, United manager Louis van Gaal will be desperate for Di Maria to be fit ahead of a difficult weekend trip to North London.

The Red Devils face Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday, in a match that could have a huge impact on the rest of the club's season. 

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