Louis van Gaal: Why Man United signed Memphis Depay
Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal reveals Memphis Depay was close to Paris Saint-Germain move
Louis van Gaal has revealed that Manchester United had to act swiftly to land Memphis Depay after strong interest from Paris Saint-Germain.
The Red Devils confirmed an agreement with PSV Eindhoven to sign the 21-year-old winger on Thursday afternoon, pending the completion of a medical.
When there’s a chance, to you have handle that and manage it directly and that was the case
Louis van Gaal
Depay was heavily linked with a move to Ligue 1 champions PSG and Premier League side Liverpool before United wrapped up their first deal of the summer.
Speaking at his pre-match media conference ahead of their clash against Crystal Palace on Saturday, Van Gaal lifted the lid on the transfer.
“He’s a goalscoring winger and there aren’t so many of them in the world,” Van Gaal said.
“[Lionel] Messi is one of those but now I think we have to talk about the game against Crystal Palace and we have to focus on this and the coming three games. That’s more important.
“I was forced to handle [the situation] as a manager because, otherwise, he was going to PSG, that’s why I had to sign him and we’ve done it within one day. But, for us, it’s better to focus on the game against Palace.”
Van Gaal added: “I want to do this [make signings] early but it’s not always possible.
“When there’s a chance, to you have handle that and manage it directly and that was the case. I want to purchase players after our season and not during the season because it disturbs our concentration for the match.”
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.