The 70-year-old, a former midfielder who spent time with Manchester United as an apprentice, believes the Dutch winger is “a million miles away from being a top player”.
“The new player, Memphis [Depay], did okay in the Champions League, but he’s raw, he’s a million miles away from being a top player," Dunphy said on RTÉ 2fm’s Game On show this week. "He wouldn’t get in Manchester City’s reserve team."
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On the same show, Dunphy also took aim at Adnan Januzaj and Bastian Schweinsteiger. The pundit was a little kinder to Januzaj, however, stating: “This young lad, [Adnan] Januzaj, might become a player, but he’s lightweight.”
But on Schweinsteiger, he commented: “[Bastian] Schweinsteiger isn’t fit. They gave Bayern Munich a gift of €20 million, because he wouldn’t get in Bayern Munich’s team.”
Memphis Depay can become world class
While Dunphy might have valid points about Januzaj and Schweinsteiger - the former is lightweight, while the latter probably wouldn’t make Pep Guardiola’s starting line-up this season - he was harsh on Memphis to say the least.
It’s fair to say the 21-year-old has been underwhelming in his first three Premier League matches, but in the two-legged Champions League play-off tie against Club Brugge he was superb.
The former PSV Eindhoven star appears to possess all the qualities required to become a world-class player - speed, skill, strength and supreme self-confidence - and Manchester United fans already idolise their new number seven.
He must start performing in the Premier League, though, to silence the likes of Dunphy - who is no stranger to making the odd controversial remark on occasions.
Manchester United fans: is Memphis Depay potentially world class - or do you believe he’s actually overrated? Have your say by leaving a comment in the box below!