Months before he is set to make his Manchester United debut, Memphis Depay has risked being on the receiving end of an angry Louis van Gaal.
Van Gaal has asked the £25m signing if he could sit out the remainder of the season for PSV Eindhoven, as the club had already been crowned league champions.
Van Gaal wish
The Manchester United manager hoped that Depay would obey orders, so the attacking midfielder would be fresh and fit for pre-season training in July.
Depay, however, had other ideas, as he was determined to finish the season as the league’s leading scorer.
The Dutch international reportedly told De Telegraaf: “I wanted to play, but the club and Manchester United weren’t happy with that. Because of [potential] injuries.
"I wanted to become top goal scorer and break the total points record with PSV. So I absolutely wanted to play.”
Depay finished the season as top scorer with 22 goals, and will hope to bring the same scoring ability and determination to the Premier League.
The attacking midfielder is currently on international duty ahead of Netherlands' friendly against the USA on Friday. The Dutch contingent at United is believed to be one of the main reasons Depay signed for the club, and this week he has been pictured looking cheerful with new teammates Robin van Persie and Daley Blind.
Van Gaal and Depay
Depay’s relationship with Van Gaal is said to have been a big factor in his move to Manchester, as the pair have worked together under the Dutch national team.
United fans will be hoping that Depay can fill the void as chief set-piece taker, as this season he held the second highest free-kick success rate in Europe, at 21.21%, scoring seven of them over the course of the season.
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