Di Maria inspires Man Utd to first win

Argentine dazzles at Old Trafford to help his side hammer QPR at home for first league win of the season.

    Manchester United moved up seven places in the tables with the win [Getty Images]
    Manchester United moved up seven places in the tables with the win [Getty Images]

    Manchester United ended its winless start to the Premier League season in emphatic fashion, beating Queens Park Rangers 4-0 to show just what a summer spending spree of $250m can deliver.

    Angel Di Maria and Ander Herrera scored their first goals for United, Wayne Rooney and Juan Mata added others and Radamel Falcao had a 23-minute run-out as a substitute for his debut.

    In his fifth competitive match in charge of United, Louis van Gaal finally was able to enjoy a victory that lifted the team to five points from four league matches.

    Van Gaal ditched his 3-5-2 formation and reverted to a 4-4-2, with Di Maria particularly impressing on the left of a midfield diamond and inspiring United to a 3-0 halftime lead.

    As Mata was scoring, United's fans were giving Falcao a standing ovation as he trotted out of the dug-out to loosen up. Within eight minutes, the Colombia striker was on the pitch.

    Falcao almost scored, too, pouncing on a parried save from Green off Blind's low drive but seeing his first-time shot saved by the goal-keeper.

    United leapt nine places in the table with the win, now sitting one point behind Liverpool in ninth.

    SOURCE: Reuters


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