Stan Collymore: Why Memphis Depay is an excellent Man United signing
Former Liverpool striker Stan Collymore runs the rule over new Manchester United signing Memphis Depay
Stan Collymore says he is really looking forward to seeing Manchester United signing Memphis Depay play in the Premier League next season.
On Thursday afternoon, the Red Devils confirmed that they have reached an agreement with PSV Eindhoven over the sale of Depay, with United reportedly set to pay £25m for the winger’s services.
Depay has obviously had dialogue with other clubs, most notably Liverpool, but by getting it down swiftly, both United and the player know where they will be next season.
The Netherlands international, whose move is pending the successful completion of his medical at Carrington, helped PSV end Ajax’s hold on the Eredivisie crown this season.
Former Liverpool forward Collymore explained why Depay is a smart signing for the 20-time English champions.
“Memphis Depay is an excellent signing for Manchester United, with a deal confirmed by the club’s official website,” Collymore wrote on Bleacher Report.
“A lot of people will ask the question why United have bought another wide man, bearing in mind the presence of Ashley Young and Angel Di Maria at the club.
“But Depay can play left or right, and I can see him developing as a No. 10 because he has skill, pace and cleverness.
“Initially, my preferred style with Depay in the team would be 4-1-4-1, which is the way United have been playing, with him wide of the four on the right, and then Ander Herrera, Juan Mata and a rejuvenated Di Maria.”
Collymore also praised the Red Devils for getting the deal done early after Depay had been previously linked with rivals Liverpool.
“I have always thoughts clubs should get their deals done as early as possible,” Collymore added.
“Depay has obviously had dialogue with other clubs, most notably Liverpool, but by getting it down swiftly, both United and the player know where they will be next season.
“Depay will now be able to enjoy the summer and look forward to playing under his former Netherlands coach ahead of the European Championships next year. I’m really looking forward to seeing him in the Premier League.”
Depay scored 22 goals in 28 Eredivise appearances last season as the Dutch forward helped fire PSV to the Dutch top-flight crown last month.