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Louis van Gaal demands more from Angel di Maria

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Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has insisted that record signing Angel did Maria has room for improvement despite his man of the match performance against QPR yesterday.

The Argentinian arrived at Old Trafford for a British record fee of £59.7 million and made an instant impact on his home debut against QPR, opening the scoring from a free-kick before playing a part in three more goals on his way to the man of the match award as the Red Devils strolled to a 4-0 victory - their first competitive win under Van Gaal.

Victory

Despite the comprehensive nature of the victory Van Gaal insists their is still room for improvement, even for Di Maria, who the Dutchman believes gave the ball away too frequently.

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"When you prepare three goals and make the first goal by yourself then you cannot play bad but he had a lot of unnecessary losses [of possession] so we can do better, even Angel Di Maria," he told reporters in a post-match news conference.

Impossible

"Can you do it better when you prepare three goals and make one? It is nearly impossible but I am analysing the game and I see things we can improve as a team."

Despite his stellar performance Di Maria was forced from the pitch with what looked like cramp for the second week running.

Van Gaal insists there is nothing to worry about and that the former Real Madrid man will be ready for their next game against Leicester City.

Cramp

"Di Maria is all right. Di Maria has never played 90 minutes until now in his pre-season and season," he said. "He has cramp and normally you have to play 90 minutes without cramp but that is also a positive signal. He gave everything."

There was some debate about the former Real Madrid man's opener in the first half. His delivery looked to be for a teammate waiting in the box but went over everyone's head and beyond the grasp of Robert Green in the QPR goal.

Many claimed afterwards that it was a lucky strike but the Manchester Unites ace insisted that it was intentional.

Practise

"I've been practising this during the week and done that in training so it wasn't a surprise," he said.

Di Maria was one of six summer signings that arrived at Manchester United for a combined fee of around £150 million as they look to get back amongst the big time.

Four of those players are Spanish speakers - Ander Herrera, Marcos Rojo, Radamel Falcao and Di Maria - and with the likes of Juan Mata and David de Gea on the pitch the core of the Manchester United team are non-native English speakers.

Tackled

That issue is already being tackled according to Van Gaal, who spent time coaching in Spain with Barcelona.

"Already all the Spanish players have lessons in English," he said. "We have started two weeks [ago] and the language is English. I can speak Spanish so it is better to communicate sometimes on the pitch in Spanish but they shall learn English within one year, I promise."

The win moves Manchester United up to 9th in the Premier League after four games.

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