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Louis van Gaal explains his decision to play Memphis Depay in a central position

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Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has shone some light on his decision to play Memphis Depay behind Wayne Rooney in the opening day win against Tottenham Hotspur.

The Dutch star played 68 minutes at Old Trafford before being replaced by Ander Herrera, and may been hoping to make more of an impact on his Man United debut.

Van Gaal's decision to play Depay behind Rooney raised some eyebrows, with many United fans calling for the 21-year-old to be switched out to wing, but Van Gaal has explained his reasoning behind the decision.

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Speaking to MUTV, he said: "I prefer that position to be more a second striker than a third midfielder. I want to see Memphis in that role, of course

"It is also, for him, maybe more difficult because he has to make the step to the Premier League, to Manchester United, a new club. Maybe I shall use him also at the left-wing position because he knows that much better."

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DEPAY SHOWED SIGNS AGAINST SPURS

Depay struggled to make his mark on the opening day, but did show signs of the class that convinced United to fork out £25 million for his services.

He grew into the game after a slow start, and showed his pace, quick feet and vision. The Dutch international linked up well with Rooney, Juan Mata and Ashley Young in spells, and should have ended the game with an assist had Young finish the chance offered to him.

The former PSV star certainly has the physical presence to deal with the Premier League, but he will have to acclimatise to having limited time on the ball, especially in a more central role.

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