Palace star takes just 23 minutes to surpass Di Maria's record in this area

Crystal Palace's Jason Puncheon showed Manchester United star Angel Di Maria how to do it against West Ham United this weekend.

In the space of just 23 second-half minutes Crystal Palace's Jason Puncheon claimed more assists than Manchester United star Angel Di Maria has managed since November 22nd. 

Puncheon set up all of Palace's goals in their 3-1 success over West Ham United and his performance showed just how devastating he can be when at his best.

  AssistsAppearancesMins Played
Jason Puncheon 3 1 90
Ángel Di María 2 9 598

It also highlighted just how badly Di Maria is struggling at the moment, with the Argentine having a disappointing first season in England.

Much was expected when Di Maria arrived at Old Trafford, but he has had a limited impact so far and his form recently has been poor.

The former Real Madrid man has just two assists to his name over the past three and a half months and Puncheon's display should be one he studies if he wants to get back to his best.

The Palace winger may not be as high profile as Di Maria, but he put in a dazzling display of attacking excellence to help Alan Pardew's men to a crucial three points.

The skilful wide man put in some great crosses to allow Glenn Murray and Scott Dann to capitalise and ensure that the three points went back to Selhurst Park.

It was a display which highlighted the improvements that Palace have made under Pardew, and Puncheon should have made sure he stays in the team for the foreseeable future with his showing.

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