David De Gea issues backing for under-fire Man United team-mate
Man United No1 David De Gea backs Memphis Depay to hit top form in the coming weeks
David De Gea has backed Manchester United forward Memphis Depay to hit top form ahead of Wednesday night’s clash against PSV Eindhoven at Old Trafford.
The Netherlands international made his first start in seven weeks at Vicarage Road in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon after falling out-of-favour under compatriot Louis van Gaal.
Memphis justified his starting spot with a seventh-minute opener in a 2-1 victory over Watford as the Red Devils hoisted themselves up to second place in the Premier League table.
And De Gea, who has conceded just one goal in his last six games in all competitions, is confident Memphis will be back to his best against his former employers PSV.
“He has had a tough few weeks and I’m sure he’ll soon be back at the top of his game,” De Gea told United’s website.
“He’s going to bring a lot to the team and I’m sure he’ll be really up for playing against his old club.”
Memphis scored his third Champions League goal for the Red Devils in a 2-1 win at PSV in matchday one.
Man United v PSV Eindhoven: Match facts
• Group B leaders United will progress to the knockout stage with victory, though PSV will have other ideas as they seek the win that could take them top of the section instead.
• For United’s Memphis Depay, the match is a reunion with the club he left in the summer while it also gives visiting tactician Phillip Cocu a chance to pit his wits against Louis van Gaal, his former coach with Barcelona and the Netherlands.
• Depay’s 41st-minute opener on matchday one was swiftly cancelled out by Hector Moreno. Luciano Narsingh’s second-half goal sealed a 2-1 win for the Eredvisie outfit.
• PSV shrugged off an early Paul Scholes penalty to beat United 3-1 at home in the first group stage in 2000/01, Wilfred Bouma, Mark van Bommel and Mateja Kežman scoring.
• United turned the tables with a 3-1 victory at Old Trafford, where Scholes and Dwight Yorke struck late goals after Van Bommel had equalised a Teddy Sheringham strike. Ryan Giggs, now Van Gaal’s assistant manager, played in both matches for United, who ended up qualifying in second place, a point above PSV.
• United also got the better of PSV in the 1984/85 Uefa Cup second round, Gordon Strachan’s extra-time goal at Old Trafford securing a 1-0 aggregate win.
The Dutch forward has netted twice in nine Premier League games.