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Luke Shaw: Angel di Maria scored the best Manchester United training ground goal

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Manchester United defender Luke Shaw has picked out a sublime effort from Angel di Maria as the greatest training ground goal he's seen since moving to Old Trafford, recalling the Argentine winger's wonderful long-range hit in the first few weeks of the season.

The 19-year-old has been blessed with an opportunity to play alongside a number of world-class stars on a daily basis after the Red Devils opted to swoop for the former Southampton star last summer.

Given the array of attacking talent currently on the books at the Theatre of Dreams, Shaw was hard-pushed to single out one individual moment of magic, but opted to go for an unbelievable strike from the £59.7 million club-record signing.

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"I think I’ll say Angel Di Maria’s goal in the first few weeks after he joined the club," the left-back told Manchester United's official website, as quoted by The Express.

"It was from outside of the box, with his right foot and he smashed it into the corner. That is probably the best goal I have seen so far."

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Shaw has endured a difficult debut season with Louis van Gaal's side and is the first to admit his level of performances have not lived up to the £32 million fee that Manchester United paid to acquire his services.

Those struggles to maintain his fitness and form over the course of the 2014/15 campaign are not exclusive to the talented teenager, though, because Di Maria has also had problems settling following his high-profile switch from Real Madrid.

The South American has struggled to cement his place in Louis van Gaal's starting XI, but the veteran Dutch coach is optimistic that Red Devils fans will start seeing the best of Di Maria on the pitch next season.

As for Shaw, he knows he still has a long way to go before he is the finished article, but thankfully he's got time on his side to stake his claim for a regular place in the team.

Goalscoring is one area that the Saints academy graduate will continue to work on as his wait for a first senior goal continues, despite the fact he's closing on 100 professional appearances.

Asked to name his favourite individual strike in training it became abundantly clear that goals remain a rarity even in practice matches, but the youngster promised to offer more convincing examples in the future.

"There aren’t many contenders really! I can’t really remember any amazing goals," he added. "Obviously, I score with the odd shot along the floor or something like that will go in but I’ve not hit an unbelievable goal yet.

"I’m sure next time you ask me, I’ll have one. I hope so!"

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