Seven things you need to know about Man United signing Memphis Depay
Tom Phillips runs through seven must-know facts about Manchester United signing Memphis Depay
1) Memphis Depay is a great free-kick taker. Definitely something Manchester United fans will be excited about. He is a player who can consistently find the back of the net in dead-ball situations. Depay has scored some sensational free-kicks during his time at PSV Eindhoven. He has been described a set-piece maestro by the Dutch media and it is clear to see why from the above clip. Louis van Gaal has definitely improved the squad’s free-kick taking standards at United already.
2) He is a goal-scoring winger. The Red Devils have not had such a player since the days of Cristiano Ronaldo gracing the hallowed turf at Old Trafford. So imagine what Memphis will bring to the table if he transfers his fine Eredivisie form to the Premier League? The winger finished last season as top goal-scorer of the Eredevisie with 22 goals and holds the record as the youngest goalscorer for the Netherlands in the World Cup Finals – not a bad honour to show that you are ready to take things to the next level then.
3) Could Depay be United’s very own Mario Balotelli? Let’s hope their new signing will have a better time in the Premier League than the Italian striker. He had a reputation for sometimes showing a poor attitude at PSV, however, the Dutch club were sympathetic given the reasons behind his attitude problems. Described as being “very angry” by a PSV coach, the club hired a life coach to help Depay gain discipline as he progressded through the ranks of the PSV academy. Imagine if Sir Alex Ferguson was still in charge!
4) Depay has got skills. You cannot go wrong with a winger with pace, scores goals and has a few tricks up his sleeves. The United signing will be hoping to dazzle the likes of Branislav Ivanovic, Kieran Gibbs and Vincent Kompany in the biggest games in the Premier League next season with his array of cheeky step overs and backheels. The showboater will also be hoping to win over the fans fairly quickly and justify the £25m price tag – that’s twice the transfer fee they had to pay Ronaldo.
5) He loves a tattoo, or two. If you just look on the Dutchman’s Instagram page you can tell he loves to go under the needle for a cheeky inking. He just loves tattoos.
Memphis will no doubt find some new work for his tattoo artist. Depay will be alongside fellow tattoo lovers Angel Di Maria, Marco Rojo and skipper Wayne Rooney. So there his hope that the temperamental winger may be able to get to terms with life in Manchester whilst discussing the best tattoo artist in the city. He also seems to be taking a few tips from Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku on Premier League life.
6) He likes the ball at his feet. There is no doubt Depay has a lot of talent when he is on the ball but he seems to be under the same heading as Gareth Bale – he hogs the ball. A minority of fans and critics have questioned the winger’s team ethic after having only delivered three assists last season despite scoring 22 goals and averaging 5.4 shots a game. The winger may be able to trouble the Premier League defence with his direct pace and tricky dribbling skills, but teammates such as Rooney, Juan Mata and Ander Herrera won’t be impressed if he does not pass the ball enough.
7) He hates Depay. No, seriously, he hates his surname. Ever wondered why he insisted on Memphis on the back of his shirt? It’s not because he wants to be Brazilian or anything, just has some serious dad issues. As he was growing up, his father was absent through most of his childhood and so he does not want to parade his dad’s name on the back of his shirt. Sounds like a possible Jeremy Kyle sketch: “My son won’t put our name on his shirt”