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Angel di Maria the most popular player in the Premier League

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Manchester United winger Angel di Maria has sold more Premier League shirts than any other player this season.

The Argentine international joined the Red Devils in a British transfer record of £59.7 million last summer, but has so far failed to live up to the hype.

Goals

The 27-year-old has managed just three goals in the Premier League so far this season amidst reports that he's unhappy at Old Trafford and could be angling for a move to Paris Saint-Germain. However while he may be struggling on the pitch he's doing the business off of it for Manchester United.

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The Daily Mail reports that Di Maria is by far and away the most popular shirt bought by football fans, with his name adorning almost one in ten shirts sold by retailer Sports Direct. The Manchester United man is streets ahead of Arsenal newboy Alexis Sanchez who logged 3.80% of all sales. 

Sales

Another big-money summer signing, Chelsea's Diego Costa, who comes home in third place with 2.27% of all sales.

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Manchester United have four more representatives in the top 10: De Gea (2.16%), Rooney (2.09%), Falcao, Van Persie (1.20%). Chelsea are also well represented in the list, with Eden Hazard in fifth place overall(2.10%), while Steven Gerrard (1.76%) and Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero (1.46%) complete the top 10. 

Di Maria's struggles on the pitch are about more than just his form however - his Manchester house was the target of an attempted break-in that forced the former Real Madrid man to relocate his family. 

Manchester United fans will be hoping that he decides to stick things out at Old Trafford having already forked out for shirts baring his name. 

Opinion

Angel di Maria has been under intense pressure this season, and after a lightning start to his Manchester United career he's certainly tailed off. 

However it's far too early to write him off as a failure, and given that Manchester United are such a money-making machine these days they'll probably be content to know that he's paid off a chunk of his fee already even if it's through shirt sales rather than silverware. 

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