December 21, 2014
Di María shines in debut but Manchester United tie with Burnley
Di Maria, signed from Real Madrid for 59.7 million pounds ($99 million) on Tuesday, showed encouraging flashes in a 70-minute debut but United generally looked short of attacking ideas in their goalles draw against promoted Burnley.
The Argentina winger was United's most dangerous player in the first half and the architect of their best chance with a searching long ball that found Robin van Persie who could not beat Burnley keeper Tom Heaton.
The final score meant more gloom for manager Louis van Gaal as Manchester United was embarrassed 4-0 in the League Cup by third tier MK Dons on Tuesday.
With cameras panning to former boss Alex Ferguson yawning in the stands, questions are already being asked of Van Gaal who is struggling to implement his playing style and scrambling to recruit players before the transfer window shuts on Monday.
"The progress is there," the Dutchman told reporters, "but ... a club like Manchester United has to win. We have two points from nine and that's disappointing."