Louis van Gaal: Why Man United signed Memphis Depay
Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal believes Memphis Depay can adjust to the Premier League
Louis van Gaal has hailed his new Manchester United signing Memphis Depay as one of the most-talented players of his generation.
Depay, 21, was unveiled to the British media as a United player on Friday afternoon following his transfer from PSV Eindhoven for around an initial £25m, which was agreed in April.
The Netherlands international scored 22 times in PSV’s title-winning season in Holland.
Speaking ahead of his new signing’s introduction to the Premier League, Van Gaal noted that it could take time to adapt to the transition.
“He shall notice that it is not so easy in the Premier League, there’s a big difference with the Dutch league, always pressure on the ball, very physical resistance, high, so it’s not so easy and I have said that but he is full of confidence,” Van Gaal said at Friday’s media conference.
Van Gaal related to his other signings Marcos Rojo, Daley Blind and Angel Di Maria as players who “had problems” making the transition to the Premier League but suggests Depay’s confidence should be of benefit.
Van Gaal added: “We have to give him time also but I said that once to Marc Overmars when I was the trainer coach for Ajax and I said the same things but he was not agreeing with me and he bet with me how many goals he would score and he had won so…”
Overmars proved a hit at Arsenal between 1997 and 2000, helping the Gunners to the 1997-98 title.
Like Overmars, Depay has worked with Van Gaal previously having scored twice at the 2014 World Cup in helping the Dutch side reach the semi-finals, prior to the 63 year-old Dutchman taking the reins at Old Trafford.