Ronald Koeman: Memphis Depay moved to Man United at right time
The Southampton manager reveals he tried to sign Memphis Depay from PSV
Ronald Koeman says Memphis Depay moved to Manchester United at the right stage of his career.
The Netherlands international was the first of United’s summer signing after he completed a £25m move to the Red Devils from Eredivisie champions PSV Eindhoven in May.
We knew if interest from big clubs comes along, we don’t win. That is normal
Depay has scored three times in three Champions League games for United, although the 21-year-old is still waiting for his first Premier League goal.
Southampton manager Koeman revealed that he tried to sign Depay in 2014 but the Dutch winger wanted to stay at Philips Stadion for another season.
“When he was in the first team of PSV he was showing his qualities,” Koeman told Sky Sports. “He is physically strong and fast, and is clinical to score goals.
“He had a great season and I think it was the right moment to move from Holland.
“PSV would not sell a player like that to Feyenoord [who Koeman managed in the past] but I was interested in him when I came to Southampton.
“In that summer we contacted the agent, who is also the agent of my brother [and assistant, Erwin], so it was easy.
“We showed interest but they said he would stay in Holland another year and then maybe he would like to move.
“We knew if interest from big clubs comes along, we don’t win. That is normal.
“If you can move to United, Chelsea, Bayern, Real Madrid, you choose that. Not Southampton.”
Depay has scored three times in eight games in all competitions for the 20-time English champions this season.
United can move up to third place in the Premier League table with victory over Southampton at St Mary’s.
The Red Devils have won three of their opening five top-flight games after victories over Tottenham Hotspur, Aston Villa and Liverpool.