Louis Van Gaal: Memphis Depay has to fit in with Man United philosophy or he’ll end up following Angel di Maria to Old Trafford exit

Man United boss Louis van Gaal has issued a warning to new signing Memphis Depay, insisting the Dutch international adapt to his philosophy or risk suffered the same fate as Angel Di Maria according to the Daily Telegraph.

21-year-old Dutch international Depay, who van Gaal used regularly during his time as Netherlands national team coach, hasn’t set the world alight since moving to Old Trafford and was left on the bench during Man United’s comfortable 3-0 win away at Everton.

When Van Gaal was pressed on the matter of Depay’s ‘character’ during his post-match interview the Man United boss stated;

“Some players cannot adapt to the team philosophy,”

“That you cannot know in advance. You have to see that.

“Because you see a lot of qualities in a player, but he has to put that quality in service of your team.

“That also happened with Ángel di María and [Radamel] Falcao – both great players but you have to fit in with the philosophy. Not only with Memphis, with every player that we have bought.”


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Depay has started eight of Man United’s nine Premier League fixtures thus far this season, managing just one goal and no assists in that period.

However the former PSV Eindhoven man has proven more effective in Champions League action, scoring three goals and providing two assists in four appearances.

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