Rene Meulensteen: This Man United signing has disappointed

Rene Meulensteen criticises Manchester Untied winger Memphis Depay

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff

Rene Meulensteen has expressed his disappointment at Memphis Depay’s lack of impact at Manchester United.

The Netherlands international was Louis van Gaal’s marquee signing last summer after the Red Devils wrapped up a £25m deal to sign Depay from Eredivisie champions PSV Eindhoven in May in order to beat off competition from Liverpool.

However, the 22-year-old has netted just two goals in 16 Premier League starts for the 13-time Premier League winners, making a further 16 appearances for the substitutes bench.

And former United assistant manager Meulensteen was critical of the Netherlands international after a forgettable first season at the 20-time English champions.

“I don’t want to dig out any particular player but it’s disappointing if you bring in players for quite a bit of money, for instance Memphis Depay who came in for twenty odd million and he’s not really brought what everybody expected,”

“We keep coming back to it and asking why have they disappointed because there has been inconsistency through the season.” Meulensteen, speaking to exclusively to 888 sport, said.

He added: “I know Depay obviously because he’s from Holland and I’m from Holland so I’ve followed his career.

“It was a big transition to make going from the Dutch league to the English league. Over there you can go away from home and win games playing at 60% of your capabilities.

“You can’t do that here. You can’t put in one good performance and then not turn up for three or four weeks after. It is a mental mindset.”

United finished in fifth place behind derby rivals Manchester City after a 3-1 victory over Bournemouth on Tuesday night thanks to goals from Wayne Rooney, Marcus Rashford and Ashley Young.

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The Red Devils can still end the season on a high if Louis van Gaal’s side beat Crystal Palace in the FA Cup final on Saturday afternoon at Wembley.

Read the full 888sport interview with Rene Meulensteen here including his thoughts on how Sir Alex Ferguson would have reacted to the level of performance this season and why Scholes is right to criticise Louis Van Gaal.

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