Louis van Gaal insisted that Manchester United winger Memphis Depay must adapt to the team philosophy or he may see his career at Old Trafford end in a fate similar to that of club flops Angel Di Maria and Radamel Falcao.
Memphis Depay has made a good start to his Manchester United career after impressing in the first few appearances for the club, netting a brace in the Champions League play-off match with Club Brugge, but since August his performances has become less less than impressive.
The 21-year-old was an unused substitute for United on Saturday’s 3-0 victory over Everton, but the player himself has admitted earlier that he is still adjusting to the physical nature of the play in English Premier League.
Manchester United boss Louis Van Gaal sounds optimistic when about the youngster’s future insisting that Dutchman needs time to progress.
“Do I still believe in him? Of course. The problem with young players is they are not consistent. That you have to learn. We have to give him time.” the former Dutch national boss commented.
LVG added: “We have seen that some players cannot adapt to the team philosophy. You cannot know in advance before you buy them. You have to wait and see. That happened with Angel Di Maria and Falcao.”
Manchester United signed Angel Di Maria from Real Madrid for £59.7m in August 2014, breaking the British transfer record, only to see him sold to PSG in the subsequent season. The Argentine who had played a key role in Real Madrid’s 10th Champions League title win failed to replicate the form as he struggled to adapt to life in England.
Similarly, Falcao was brought on a season-long loan, failed to produce any consistent form during his time at Manchester United and was sent back to his parent club Monaco parent club in the summer of 2015, who is still on at Chelsea on a similar loan deal.
“Some players cannot adapt to the team philosophy. That you cannot know in advance. That also happened with Di María and Falcao – both great players but you have to fit in with the philosophy.”
“Not only with Memphis, with every player that we have bought. Because you see a lot of qualities in a player, but Depay has to put that quality in service of your team.” Van Gaal told reporters.
The United boss has indicated that his assistant manager Ryan Giggs is trying to help the Depay by offering him advice, though the player is ultimately responsible for himself.