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Angel di Maria scores rabona penalty against David de Gea

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All Manchester United fans know that Angel di Maria is a player with immense quality, despite his struggles at Old Trafford this season - and this latest clip, which shows the Argentina international converting a rabona penalty past his world-class teammate David de Gea, proves it.

Di Maria, Marouane Fellaini and Adnan Januzaj all took penalties against the Spain international, who looks set to join Real Madrid this summer, as part of a challenge organised by sponsor Chevrolet.

Fellaini and Januzaj had mixed success from the spot, but Di Maria converted both of his - one from his weaker right foot and the other with a superb rabona - in style. (Scroll down to see the video).

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Di Maria is one of world football's rabona specialists, having produced the trick in matches while playing for Benfica, Real Madrid, Manchester United and Argentina.

But it's safe to say United boss Louis van Gaal would be fuming if Di Maria ever attempted such an audacious spot-kick in a proper game.

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Penalties are an issue for Man United

Manchester United have a bit of an issue with their penalty takers at the moment. Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie have both been guilty of missing from the spot this season and there is a vacancy for someone at the club to become the first-choice penalty taker.

That man could be Di Maria, provided he stays at Old Trafford beyond this summer.

Speculation is rife that the 27-year-old could leave the Red Devils after just one season, with Manchester United set to spend big money in the transfer window again this summer.

United have already secured the services of Dutch winger Memphis Depay, while rumours linking the Premier League giants to Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale refuse to go away.

Di Maria was signed by United to play in central midfield following a remarkable season in that position for Real Madrid, which culminated in him being named Man of the Match in the 2014 Champions League final.

Di Maria must improve next season

But his performances, on the whole, have been immensely disappointing at Old Trafford - even though he has weighed in with three goals and 12 assists in the Premier League this term.

"I'm not happy with my first year in England," Di Maria told the Sunday Mirror last week. "I moved here from Real to win titles and this season has been very bad for me. I'm frustrated because I want to do better.

"The fans in England have not seen the real Di Maria. I know I can offer a better level. This year was not good enough."

Having recognised that his performances have been below-par, Di Maria will be under pressure to hit the ground running from the start of next season in order to begin justifying that huge £59.7 million transfer fee.

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Topics:
Football
Marouane Fellaini
Premier League
Real Madrid
David de Gea
Manchester United
Angel di Maria

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