Argentina got their revenge from the World Cup final with a 4-2 win over Germany in an international friendly. Angel di Maria was a big reason for this success thanks to his incredible showing with one goal and three assists in the win.
The newest Manchester United player was simply outstanding in the friendly, as Bleacher Report UK described:
B/R Football @brfootball
Angel Di Maria has 3 assists and a goal: http://t.co/K1SnMRKeNb #ARG fans are thinking 'what if' #MUFC 'what next' http://t.co/ySboly2pvS9/3/2014, 8:01:59 PM
Obviously, Argentina fans were upset the talented midfielder was unable to play in the World Cup final, which Germany won 1-0 in extra time. Ben Hayward of Goal.com discussed the impact he could have made:
Ben Hayward @bghayward
We'll never know what would have happened, but Di María was a huge loss for Argentina in the World Cup final... #GERARG9/3/2014, 7:36:31 PM
On the other hand, WhoScored.com points out the difference in this match compared to what Di Maria showed in Brazil:
Ángel Di María: Has registered 2 assists in the first half of #GERARG after picking up 0 in 5 apps at the 2014 World Cup9/3/2014, 7:44:09 PM
Regardless of what happened in the past, he was clearly at his best on Wednesday. His first assist came in the 20th minute on a pass to Sergio Aguero that might have been the most impressive play of the day:
This #DiMaria assist. We'll just leave it right here. #GERARG http://t.co/WnnK2qV39L9/3/2014, 7:15:31 PM
Andres Cordero of beIN Sports gave his opinion on the opening assist:
Andres Cordero @DreCordero
Di Maria's pass is just perfect.9/3/2014, 7:11:13 PM
Of course, the 26-year-old player was just getting started. His second assist of the day came on a cross to Erik Lamela in the 40th minute:
After Argentina held the 2-0 halftime lead, Di Maria continued to force the action. Shortly after halftime, he helped set up a third goal on a set play in the direction of Federico Fernandez:
Squawka Football @Squawka
Angel Di Maria's third assist of the night against Germany. https://t.co/ivfiUPa1Ol (Via @FootballVines).9/3/2014, 7:59:25 PM
Sergi Dominguez could not help but be impressed with what the midfielder was showing in this match:
Sergi Domínguez @FutbolSergi
Di Maria's third assist. Brilliance oozes out of him. If only he played the World Cup final...9/3/2014, 7:55:34 PM
Still, the former Real Madrid player was not satisfied with his hat-trick of assists. He added a goal for himself in the 50th minute to go up 4-0 over the World Cup champions:
Football Vines @FootballVines
After a hatrick of assists Di Maria scored this beauty 4-1 http://t.co/eDzAi1pkP89/3/2014, 8:00:38 PM
Journalist Raphael Honigstein provided his input on the score:
Raphael Honigstein @honigstein
4-0 Di Maria. nice chip9/3/2014, 7:56:19 PM
Meanwhile, ESPN's Max Bretos noted that this performance was certainly enough to excite Manchester United fans about the possibilities going forward:
Maximiliano Bretos @mbretosESPN
Angel Di Maria es un animal. You watching Man Utd fans? #ARGvsGER9/3/2014, 7:55:31 PM
On the other hand, Real Madrid could quickly realize what they were missing with the elite distributor. James Tyler of ESPN points out Cristiano Ronaldo likely wishes Di Maria was still on the pitch alongside him:
James Tyler @JamesTylerESPN
No wonder Cristiano Ronaldo was angry on Sunday. #DiMaria9/3/2014, 7:30:32 PM
Either way, the midfielder appears set for a big year with his new club, as Liam of The Sports Bible argues:
Liam Canning @LiamPaulCanning
Di María is utterly unbelievable, what a fantastic player - he's going to tear up the Premier League this year, I can feel it.9/3/2014, 7:57:42 PM
He was subbed out in the 86th minute after Germany cut the lead to 4-2, but it is clear Di Maria was the best player on the pitch in a match against some of the other top players in the world.
While the Germans did not have their complete first team in the friendly, a lineup of Toni Kroos, Marco Reus, Andre Schurrle and Mario Gomez is not something to overlook. The first two scores of the match also came against Manuel Neuer, considered by many to be the top goalkeeper in the world.
Although the match itself does not count for much, Di Maria showed why he is one of the most talented players in the sport. Manchester United should be very happy with the midfielder over the next few months and beyond.
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