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Angel di Maria wins Manchester United goal of the month

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Angel di Maria marked his first month with Manchester United by clinching an awards double with the Argentina international earning accolades for being both the best performer and scoring the most impressive goal in September.

Di Maria was a £59.7 million British record acquisition from Real Madrid during the summer transfer window and has been able to make an immediate and impressive impact following this notable arrival at Old Trafford.

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Superb finish

The 26-year-old has scored three times and provided three assists during his brief time in the red of Manchester United, and has unquestionably been Louis van Gaal’s most supreme player in this period.

This was recognised when Di Maria was awarded the club’s player of the month last week, and he has since followed this up with the goal of the month gong for his exquisite strike in the breathtaking defeat against Leicester.

Di Maria put Manchester United into a two-goal lead at the King Power Stadium with a delicious chip over Kasper Schmeichel although they went on to lose the game 5-3 after the hosts mounted an incredible late fightback.

Overwhelming winner

Voting through the club’s official website, 68 percent of Manchester United supporters picked Di Maria’s beauty as the top goal scored by any player last month, and the new No.7 has quickly established himself as a firm favourite of the fans.

"It’s up there as one of the best in my career. It was a nice finish,” Di Maria said.

"You need to be able to react quickly to score a goal like that. It’s all about making the decision on the spur of the moment – it just comes to you.

"I was happy to score but not so happy at the end of the game because we lost it. But it’s one more goal in my career."

Top form

Di Maria opened his account during his first appearance at Old Trafford during the 4-0 victory over Queens Park Rangers, before adding a second against Leicester the following weekend.

His most recent strike was the most important of the three, with Di Maria opening the scoring against Everton before providing the assist, albeit inadvertently, for Radamel Falcao to net the decisive goal in a 2-1 victory.

This win was made possible in the end thanks to a heroic performance from David de Gea who, other than Steven Naismith’s header, was able to repel Everton right up until he final moments to ensure his side three points.

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