Best player for us tonight, such a threat attacking from deep, the best in the world at doing it and why he was so key to Real Madrid's success last season. Finally got a penalty from one of those runs too.
Van Gaal: “Every player can have that kind of match – Di Maria is not the only player who has suffered a bad day. He can be the best player in the world in the next match, so I think everything is going well. He trained very well and I don’t think there is any problem.”
Thought he looked much better than he has been recently when he came on. Given Van Gaal some food for thought ahead of next week. Even when playing badly he can create something. Loves the big games too. Not sure anybody can be dropped right now though. Fellaini wasn't effective today but will be given a big role next week I suspect.
Yeah, he was poor and his confidence does look shot. With others suffering a drop off in form he had an opportunity to win back a place in the team. I doubt he will start at Palace now.
I am prepared to be patient, but concerned we won't see the best of Di Maria in a possession based brand of football. The system is very structured and the players have been given roles and instructions to stay/play in specific areas of the pitch, which is fine, but it doesn't suit all players. A free role is unlikely at the moment. I would love Bale at United, but wary he might experience similar difficulties as Di Maria. Both players are ideal for counter attacking football.