Football

Di Maria: David should take 
my award

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Man of the match Angel di Maria said his award should have gone to Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea after their side recorded back-to-back wins for the first time under Louis van Gaal by beating Everton 2-1.

Di Maria put United ahead midway through the first half as he fired home from Juan Mata's cross for his third goal of the season.

After Steven Naismith's equaliser for Everton, di Maria helped the hosts regain their lead just after the hour mark, turning provider for fellow summer recruit Radamel Falcao, who slotted the ball past Tim Howard from six metres for his first United goal.

De Gea did well to keep out two late Leon Osman strikes, one from Gareth Barry and one fantastic effort from Bryan Oviedo as the hosts held on for the three points.

"I think David is the guy who deserves this reward rather than myself. He saved us throughout the game and particularly towards the end and the penalty as well so not only him, but the rest of the side also deserve this," said di Maria, after the match.

FANTASTIC FALCAO

He also reserved praise for fellow newcomer Falcao (above) and hopes the win is the start of great things to come at Old Trafford, adding: "Yes, it's great for him.

"He's been looking for that first goal for a while now and it's very, very important for him.

"I think not only him, but ourselves are on the right road now, and the main thing is we're fighting for victories and fighting for points.

"We've got the three points for the day and hopefully we can now move further up the table."

De Gea, meanwhile, praised the United defence, saying: "I think we played a very good game.

"In the first half, we had possession and we scored a goal and I think in the last 10 minutes, they pressed a lot and they had many chances, but I saved their chances and I'm happy for that, for the win.

"I think the defenders played very well and of course it was a great match, a good three points." - PA Sport.