Memphis Depay could struggle at Man United, warns Ronald Koeman
Ronald Koeman says that Memphis Depay could struggle to adapt to the rigours of English football
Memphis Depay could struggle to adapt to the rigours of the Premier League at Manchester United next season, according to Ronald Koeman.
The Netherlands winger secured a big-money move to Old Trafford last month after United boss Louis van Gaal moved quickly to bolster his attacking options ahead of his second season in charge at the club.
Depay was one of PSV Eindhoven’s standout performers last season as he helped to fire his side to the Dutch league title.
The 21-year-old has earned a reputation as one of the most exciting attacking talents in Europe in recent seasons.
However, Southampton manager Koeman feels that it may take Depay some time to adapt to the pace of English football following his summer transfer.
Koeman is quoted as saying by the Daily Mirror: “I think they paid a lot of money. Because it is United, where they already spent £200m on players like Angel Di Maria, such a big figure is put in perspective.
“If you pay millions for Di Maria who hardly plays, if you pay a fortune in wages and rent fee for Radamel Falcao who never plays, then £25m is not a lot of money for them.
“He won’t play every game. I have learnt, while I am here in England, that Dutch players can’t make the jump to the top of the Premier League easily. And young players can’t play 38 games anyway.”
Depay has signed a four-year contract with United, with the option available to sign for an additional year.
He ended up as the Eredivisie’s top scorer this season, netting 22 goals in 30 games. He came through PSV’s youth system and made 124 senior appearances and scored 50 times for the Dutch side.