Why Angel di Maria has been pick of Man United’s summer signings

Harry Reardon runs the rule over the Red Devils' summer business, from Daley Blind to Luke Shaw

Harry Reardon
By Harry Reardon

Daley Blind

Perhaps the most consistent of Manchester United’s summer signings before picking up a knee injury on international duty, Daley Blind has featured mainly in a defensive midfield position for the Red Devils. He is recycling possession well, with a passing success rate of over 90 per cent, and he has already chipped in with a vital late goal, which salvaged a point for his team against West Bromwich Albion in October. He has highly respectable tackle and interception figures, a vital part of his role, and is not shy of instigating attacks. Uncertainty surrounds when he will be fit again, but that will be manager Louis van Gaal’s only real concern. 7/10

Radamel Falcao

Another whose injury record has proved a concern, it has not been the sort of start to 28-year-old Radamel Falcao’s Old Trafford career that he would have wanted, or United fans would have expected. He has claimed a couple of assists as well as one goal, but has not yet looked the dead-eyed finisher in front of goal that his record proclaims him to be. He has also had minimal involvement in games, averaging just 13 passes per 90 minutes compared to Wayne Rooney’s 51. Maybe now that he is apparently back to full fitness, we will start to see the best of him. 4/10

Ángel di María

After exploding off the blocks, the Argentinian has dropped off the pace a little in recent weeks. He is still chipping in, though, with six assists so far in 11 games for the Reds alongside his three goals. Only Cesc Fàbregas, Dusan Tadic and Stewart Downing are making key passes with greater regularity, and di María has outscored all of them. Van Gaal will want him to start seizing control of games again as he was in September and October, but all in all, has little to really complain about. 8/10

Ander Herrera

In danger of becoming the forgotten man, with some recent reports linking him with a surprise swap deal with Bayern Munich’s Xherdan Shaqiri. His time at Old Trafford, as with so many others this season, has been disrupted by injury, but he put in a fine performance in a more advanced role against Hull last weekend, and followed that up with a second assist in two games against Stoke in midweek. He has been busy in the United engine room, and alongside Blind and Di María, could form part of a formidable unit over the months to come. 7/10

Marcos Rojo

Yet another who has been blighted by fitness problems after a promising start to his United career. The Argentinian was becoming a fixture in the United backline, adapting well to switches between left back and centre back, before dislocating his left shoulder in the Manchester derby. Having recently returned to training, Van Gaal will be keen to get him back into the side as soon as possible, with an injury crisis that is still refusing to abate. 7/10

Luke Shaw

This is becoming a bit of a refrain. It seemed, after a rocky start when he was criticised by his manager for a lack of fitness in pre-season, that things were on the up for the England teenager who had burst onto the scene for Southampton last year. He had become first choice at left back, he was putting in his defensive duties without entirely sacrificing his attacking spark, and then he turned his ankle against Arsenal. It is suggested that he is unlikely to return until the New Year; when he returns, he will have to rebuild his United career again. 6/10

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