72% pass accuracy, less dribbles than Young - a debut to forget for Di Maria?

Angel Di Maria for Argentina against Brazil

Manchester United's £59.7 million signing enjoyed an average first appearance in a red shirt - much like his side as a whole.

There was an understandable amount of excitement surrounding Angel Di Maria's first Manchester United appearance.

That, though, was mixed with suggestions that the Argentine isn't necessarily what Louis van Gaal's side need right now.

On current form, it's hard to say what they need - or, rather, it's hard to identify just how many areas they need to improve upon.

For Di Maria himself, there will also be areas of improvement after the 0-0 draw against Burnley. Especially if you look at the stats...

  TeamPosPassing Accuracy (%)Dribbles WonAccurate CrossesTouchesSuccessful Final-Third PassesAppsMins
Adnan Januzaj Man Utd MF 100.00 0 0 1 1 1 3
Juan Mata Man Utd MF 97.44 0 0 48 13 1 87
Phil Jones Man Utd DF 94.44 0 0 74 2 1 90
Ashley Young Man Utd MF 90.91 5 1 70 3 1 90
Darren Fletcher Man Utd MF 90.38 1 0 62 8 1 90
Anderson Man Utd MF 88.89 0 2 22 8 1 20
Antonio Valencia Man Utd MF 84.13 0 0 99 20 1 90
Danny Welbeck Man Utd FW 83.33 1 0 11 4 1 17
Jonny Evans Man Utd DF 80.22 0 0 105 17 1 90
Tyler Blackett Man Utd DF 73.42 1 0 96 9 1 90
Ángel Di María Man Utd MF 72.73 3 0 51 11 1 70
Robin van Persie Man Utd FW 71.43 0 0 24 5 1 73
Wayne Rooney Man Utd FW 63.64 1 0 47 8 1 90
David de Gea Man Utd GK 57.89 0 0 50 0 1 90

Indeed, as Opta data shows, the 26-year-old had the fourth-lowest passing accuracy of any Man United player, completing just 72.73 per cent of his passes.

The Argentine also didn't get that involved from central midfield, taking just 51 touches - although he was substituted after 70 minutes.

He did complete 11 final-third passes - but that was bettered by Juan Mata, Jonny Evans and Antonio Valencia.

On the ball, Di Maria won three dribbles. That, however, was beaten by Ashley Young of all people, who completed five.

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All in all, then, while the £59.7 million signing from Real Madrid showed flashes of his quality, this was nowhere near a £59.7m performance.

Van Gaal will hope that, in signing the Argentine, he hasn't just given himself another problem to try and solve.

What did you make of Di Maria's performance against Burnley?

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