Former Manchester United captain Gary Neville has called for patience after the signing of PSV starlet Memphis Depay, tipping Angel Di Maria to remain a regular in the starting lineup.
It is well documented that the Argentine winger has not had the best of seasons at Old Trafford, despite expectations being high when the club signed him for a British transfer record fee of £59.7m in the summer.
Di Maria previously starred at Real Madrid but has since suffered a significant decline in English football, leading to some speculation that the signing of Depay from PSV could lead to the 27-year-old being ushered out of Louis van Gaal’s first-team plans.
Still, Neville has backed the former Benfica wide-man to come good in the Premier League after a year to settle, insisting that Depay may be too young and inexperienced to already be considered a replacement in the attacking midfield department.
The former defender is quoted on Sky Sports as saying: “I believe in Di Maria as a player. We’ve watched him a lot for Real Madrid and you could see his level of performance was outstanding.
“I think Depay looks like an exciting player but there’s a lot of obstacles to overcome to determine as to whether he going to become the real deal.
“He’s got to settle in the country and get used to playing football in Manchester. It will be different but it fits the bill in terms of him being a young player.”