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Angel di Maria picked by over 184,000 Fantasy Premier League managers

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Manchester United manager Angel di Maria has already done enough with just two Premier League performances to persuade more than 184,000 Fantasy Premier League managers that he has to be selected against Leicester City this weekend.

Di Maria was sensational on his Old Trafford debut against Queens Park Rangers, scoring the opening goal and proving a constant menace in an encouraging display which showed just why United to spend a British transfer record £59.7m to secure his services.

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Already a contender for Fantasy Premier League's MVP

Over the last seven days over 184,000 regulars on the hugely-popular Fantasy Premier League game agreed with Louis van Gaal and moved Di Maria into their team, with only Chelsea striker Diego Costa proving more popular.

The Argentine wing wizard earned a whopping 14 fantasy points for his efforts against QPR and will surely prove a long-term hit for every manager in the country, Van Gaal included.

It promises to a difficult balancing act for fantasy managers over the next few weeks, how do they keep Di Maria in their team without being weakened in other areas.

Plenty of United players to consider

With Juan Mata, Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie and Radamel Falcao also desperate to start every week there's also the worrying question of rotation, although you'd like to think Van Gaal's record signing is a certain starter if fit and firing.

Mata in particular has proved a shrewd addition so far this season, despite widely being tipped as the man to make way for Di Maria in the long-term.

The Spanish schemer has amassed 23 points this season, although in half the time Di Maria is very close to catching his new team-mate on 17.

Van Gaal's starting XI beginning to look settled

United fans who like to be considered Fantasy Premier League wizards should also probably consider defensive additions if there's room, with United keeping two clean sheets in their first four Premier League games.

Tyler Blackett for example would have proved a relative steal for any Red Devils fans who took a risk on his first-team exposure, collecting 15 points at a cost of just £4.5m.

Beyond tinkering with Fantasy teams Van Gaal will be hard pressed to make changes ahead of this Sunday's clash with Leicester City at the King Power Stadium.

Robin van Persie is perhaps in danger of being replaced by Falcao, but besides that concern over who plays alongside Wayne Rooney you can expect Van Gaal to largely stick with a winning formula in search of a second successive victory this weekend.

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