Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal is worried that the early signing of Memphis Depay from PSV Eindhoven could put them off in the run in, reports The Sun.
The Red Devils announced that the 21-year-old would be joining the club recently, after a run of three straight defeats that have reignited the race for Champions League qualifications. While the Eredivisie star will surely strengthen the side next time round, this news could actually make the current crop of players take their eye off the ball.
On the other hand it could also make some players play better, knowing that a big money arrival is on the way. None of the current first team squad will want to be one who makes way for van Gaal’s former national team charge.
Just three weeks ago United had looked safe in the Premier League top four, but now Merseyside rivals Liverpool are just four points behind the Old Trafford outfit. However, the Reds have to play already crowned champions Chelsea on Sunday, where they could well drop points.
Van Gaal said: “I have been forced to sign him. I don’t want to sign him before the end of the season. We have to focus on our games. When you sign a player you disturb the focus of your present group of players. The coming matches are very important for Manchester United and for all of the players.
“But because of the market, I have to handle – I must handle it – because otherwise he would have signed for PSG. That is why I signed Memphis. He’s a goalscoring winger and there aren’t so many of them in the world.”