The British transfer record signing was impressive in the first half and regularly got forward with pace. His passes forward to the strikers had pinpoint accuracy and one super ball almost led to a goal for Robin van Persie.
However, Van Gaal feels there is plenty more to come from the Argentinian in the future and didn’t expect him to be firing on all cylinders in his first match for the club: “You can’t expect that. He has to adapt and that takes time.”
Di Maria also broke down the wing to set up Juan Mata at one stage but the Spaniard’s untimely slip was typical of his frustrating afternoon.
Despite his impressive goals and assists records since joining the club in January, Mata doesn’t look totally comfortable in Van Gaal’s system and struggled to make an impact on the match.
The midfielder’s miserable afternoon was finished off as he appeared to tweak his hamstring towards the end of the match and was replaced himself by Adnan Januzaj.
Neither injury appeared too serious and hopefully both should be fit and raring to go for the QPR match after the international break. Van Gaal is confident that will be the case.
United have had terrible luck with injuries so far this season as Ander Herrera, Luke Shaw and Rafael have been big losses, so all of them will be a welcome return against QPR, whilst new signing Marcos Rojo should also be available once his work permit issues are sorted.