The last thing Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal needed before the trip to Arsenal at the weekend was another addition to the club's treatment room, so he will be fuming that one of his key stars might have been crocked - by his own player.
Portugal faced off against Argentina at Old Trafford on Tuesday night in a friendly match and any Manchester United fans in attendance will have been dragged out of being mesmerised at the sight of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi when Angel di Maria crumpled to the floor.
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Groans were understandably forthcoming, but cursing of rotten luck may have turned to full blown anger when the realisation dawned that it was Nani that had delivered the telling blow. He may be on loan at Sporting Lisbon but he is still a Manchester United player.
With injuries such a big problem at Old Trafford at the moment, there is some humour in the fact that even the club's players are injuring one another now. Conspiracy theorist will get plenty of ammo looking at Nani's resurgent form since returning to his homeland and the poor form of his parent side - especially with reports abound that he could be recalled.
Van Gaal's team have not been at their best so far this season and Di Maria is one of those who have failed to hit the heights. Though his slump is more recent and will be more disappointing for supporters as he started so brightly following the near £60million switch from Real Madrid.
Despite this, the Argentine is still one of their most creative players and they will be sweating over his fitness ahead of what is a crucial meeting with Arsenal on Saturday evening. A win will be a big statement for either side and could get them back into the Premier League top four.
Argentina's official Twitter account posted a a Vine of the moment Nani struck down Di Maria - you can watch it below…
The tackle took place inside 20 minutes and Di Maria played on until the hour mark, but Argentina manager Tata Martino confirmed afterwards that the winger would be sent for an x-ray as he was in some pain.
Disappointing Night Overall
It was a turgid contest at Old Trafford and nobody was surprised when the final few minutes arrived with it heading to a 0-0 draw. However, a late header from Lorient's Raphael Guerreiro handed the Portuguese a winner, though it did little to raise spirits in the crowd.
Cristiano Ronaldo vs Lionel Messi was the billing before the match to try and get people to pay substantial sums to attend, but the campaign failed to attract much interest and the stunt was over after only 45 minutes, as both superstars were substituted at half-time.
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