The former PSV Eindhoven forward became United first summer signing after agreeing to join the club before the end of last season and was officially unveiled at a press conference last Friday [via Mail Sport].
Depay was thought to have snubbed a move to United’s fierce rivals Liverpool and Ligue 1 outfit Paris Saint-Germain, who were both heavily linked with a move for the Dutchman [via Independent Sport and Sky Sports respectively], but he has now revealed he also rejected the chance to play for last season’s Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich.
The 21-year-old says the lure of playing under Louis van Gaal once again was a key factor in his decision to snub a transfer to the Allianz Arena:
“There were discussions with nearly all the top clubs,” the youngster told German media outlet Bild [via Goal].
“Bayern were one of them but, in the end, Manchester United came out on top.
“There are definitely a lot of good and well-known managers and Pep Guardiola is certainly one of them.
“But I only spoke to Louis van Gaal and he totally convinced me. He gave me the feeling that I was very important for him not only as a player but also as a person – and then it was clear that I would go to Manchester United,” Depay added.
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Depay arrives at Old Trafford with the reputation as one of the hottest prospects in European football following a breakthrough last year in his footballing career.
After shining for Holland at last summer’s World Cup he enjoyed a stunning season at club level with PSV as he guided them to the Eredivisie title and also finished as the competition’s top scorer after finding the back of net 22 times in 30 appearances.
It remains to be seen how he will adjust to life in the Barclays Premier League as many experienced players before him, such as new teammate Angel Di Maria, have found it tough to adapt to the pace of the English game during their first season.
Much will be expected of Depay and his new team as van Gaal seems to be on a mission to transform the Red Devils into genuine title challengers next season.
The recent additions of Matteo Darmian, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Morgan Schneiderlin clearly suggests that the Dutchman was not satisfied with the Red Devils scrapping to finish in the top-four last year.