Jaap Stam: What Memphis Depay will bring to Man United
Manchester United legend Jaap Stam runs the rule over new Red Devils signing Memphis Depay
Jaap Stam says Memphis Depay will add much-needed pace to the Manchester United side.
The Red Devils confirmed an agreement with Eredivisie champions PSV Eindhoven to sign the highly-rated 21-year-old on Thursday afternoon.
United winger Angel di Maria has largely disappointed since his British-record £59.7m move to Old Trafford, leaving Louis van Gaal without real pace in his starting line-up.
Speaking to United’s website after the club agreed a reported £25m deal to sign Depay, Stam believes Depay is a good acquisition for his former employers.
“He’s a quality player,” Stam told MUTV.
“United always want to attack and the club always has an interest in players that have a lot of pace and who can also play the one-vs-ones and create something or score goals. Memphis is that type of player.
“He doesn’t pay a lot of attention to what people say in the press, he does his own thing and is very focused on his own thing. Of course, he is a team player and that’s what you need to be at United, but he has his own qualities and he knows that.
“He’s proven that in Holland for a couple of seasons now and also with the national team and I think it’s a good step for him to join United now, and also work with Louis van Gaal because he knows him very well of course.”
Depay helped to fire PSV to the Eredivisie title this season, endhing Ajax’s spell of dominance in the Dutch top-flight.
The Dutch forward scored 22 goals and made eight assists in 27 Eredivisie appearances this term.
The new United signing played under Red Devils manager Van Gaal at last summer’s World Cup in Brazil.