Manchester United’s latest signing Memphis Depay has already managed to upset his new employers.
The Dutch winger, who United agreed to pay £25 million for last month, has told reporters that his decision to play in PSV Eindhoven’s final two matches of the season did not sit well with the Red Devils.
Depay says he was entirely focused on becoming the Eredivisie’s top scorer - a feat he subsequently achieved - while he also wanted to help PSV break their points record. But Manchester United, fearing their new signing would pick up an injury, did not want the 21-year-old to feature in PSV’s remaining matches.
"I wanted to play, but the club and Manchester United weren't happy with that,” Depay told De Telegraaf, according to Goal.
“Because of injuries. I wanted to become top scorer and break the total points record with PSV. So I absolutely wanted to play.”
Depay finished the campaign with 22 league goals to his name, leaving him two clear of teammate Luuk de Jong, while PSV ended the season with 88 points following six consecutive wins at the end of the campaign.
United have signed a gem
United were forced to make their move for Depay, perhaps a little earlier than they may have wanted to, due to interest from other top European clubs.
"I was forced to handle [the situation] as a manager because, otherwise, he was going to PSG, that's why I had to sign him and we've done it within one day,” Van Gaal told United’s official website last month. "He's a goalscoring winger and there aren't so many of them in the world.”
Depay is widely considered one of the most exciting young talents in world football and enhanced his burgeoning reputation with a string of eye-catching displays under Van Gaal at last summer’s World Cup finals in Brazil.
Depay could make United debut next month
He is likely to line up next season on the right-hand side of Manchester United’s attack, although Van Gaal may be keen to see how he performs at centre-forward in pre-season.
Depay will have competition from the likes of Angel di Maria, Adnan Januzaj and Juan Mata, but has the ability and self confidence to become a huge success at Old Trafford.
United fans are excited to catch their first glimpse of Depay in a red shirt, and that could happen as early as next month, when Van Gaal’s side embark on their pre-season tour of the United States.
Manchester United fans: was Memphis Depay right to play in PSV’s final two matches of the season? How good a signing is he? Have your say in the comments below!