During the time that most of us were sat at home watching England perform abysmally yet again, Angel Di Maria was lighting the world on fire against the new champions of the world, Germany. In the opening 50 minutes of the game, Di Maria terrorised a German side which, although evidently weaker on paper to that which faced Argentina in the final of the World Cup, still contained a number of world class players. Argentina found themselves 4-0 up after only 50 minutes of the game, with Angel Di Maria providing 3 assists and the latest goal, a superb chip over the onrushing German keeper. Marcos Rojo was also involved in this game, helping Argentina to maintain a clean sheet until a variety of substitutions changed the game and allowed Germany the chance to create more goalscoring opportunities.
If anything can cheer England-supporting Manchester United fans up right now, surely news that United’s new star has performed superbly again against some of the top players on the planet and made them look completely ordinary is bound to put a smile or two on faces. He may not be Lionel Messi, and it may well only be a friendly game, but once again Angel Di Maria has confirmed tonight that he is up there with the best players in the world and that can only be a positive for Manchester United and their fans. If you would like to see Di Maria’s magic against Germany for yourself, you can watch the assists and his goal below:
Another piece of good news for United fans is that Wayne Rooney got on the scoresheet for England, albeit from the penalty spot. The goal moved Wayne into 4th on the all-time England goal scorers list on 41 goals, just 8 behind Reds legend, Sir Bobby Charlton. A win and a goal in your first game as permanent captain? Not bad work Wayne. Also, a mention must be given to Phil Jones for his performance tonight in only his third start as an England centre-back. He looked composed alongside Gary Cahill, although the English defence was never really tested or put under any considerable pressure.
Although Rooney’s overall performance in that game left a lot to be desired, as he was quiet for large periods, the ability to score when you’re not at your best is an excellent trait to have. United fans should be happy with the performances of their players in tonight’s International matches, with the solid performances from Jones and Rojo accompanying Wayne’s consistent scoring and Di Maria’s brilliance in Germany. Possibly the most important result for United fans tonight? No immediate signs of anymore injuries!