Angel Di Maria criticised by Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal for Liverpool performance

Dutch coach was unhappy with winger's performance at Anfield

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Louis van Gaal singled Angel Di Maria out for criticism in the aftermath of Manchester United's crucial win at Liverpool on Sunday.

Despite playing most of the second-half against 10 men, after the shock sending off of Steven Gerrard, United were on the ropes for a period at Anfield, as Liverpool chased an equalising goal.

British record signing Di Maria, who came on 10 minutes into the second-half, was 'berated' after the victory, according to the Manchester Evening News, plunging his cloudy Old Trafford future into further doubt.

The £59.7million has struggled since an attempted burglary at his home in January and was hauled off early in successive matches against Sunderland and Newcastle.

Speaking after the game Van Gaal hinted that certain players (he didn't name any names) had not pulled their weight in the second-half.

"In the second-half everything is changing because of [Gerrard's] red and then we are not anymore playing like a team," he said.

"We are running with the ball, unnecessary losses of the ball, so that was not so good."