Former Holland striker Pierre van Hooijdonk has warned Louis van Gaal over his use of Memphis Depay next season, saying the £25 million signing needs to be deployed in his favoured position if Manchester United want to get the best out of him.
The fleet-footed forward enjoyed a scintillating campaign with PSV Eindhoven last term, finishing the season as the Eredivisie’s top scorer with 22 goals.
Van Hooijdonk reckons Depay has what it takes to succeed in the Premier League as well, as long as the Red Devils create an environment that suits him.
“I don’t know yet how Depay will fit in and in which position, but when you sign a forward player you have to be very careful,” he was quoted saying by the Daily Mirror. “You have to create an environment the player has played in.
“A lot of coaches take a player out of that environment and put him in a different environment, and then it’s not going to happen.
“Memphis plays on the left. I don’t think he will play on the right. Maybe he could play in the two up front.
“He is capable of creating something and making things happen, and he can score goals.”
Much is expected of the Netherlands international ahead of his arrival at Old Trafford, and Manchester United supporters will be anticipating big things from a player that Van Gaal already knows well.
Ryan Giggs talked up the 21-year-old’s credentials in a recent interview with the Sunday Times, tipping the Dutchman to bring something that’s been missing at the Theatre of Dreams since the days of David Beckham and Cristiano Ronaldo.
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