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Memphis Depay needs someone to be 'an a**hole to him' - Pierre van Hooijdonk

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Former Holland international Pierre van Hooijdonk believes Memphis Depay will only develop as a player if someone is an 'a**hole to him'.

The Dutch forward, who joined Manchester United in a £31 million move over the summer, has come in for criticism following his performances for the Red Devils and the Dutch national team.

He was dropped for the Old Trafford club's 3-0 win over Everton - arguably their best performance of the season - and Louis van Gaal has already issued him with a stark warning over his form, comparing him to Radamel Falcao and Angel di Maria.

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Having scored an eye-catching 22 goals to help PSV Eindhoven win the Eredivisie last season, the 21-year-old has struggled to adapt to life in the Premier League, although, his performances in the Champions League have shown promise.

And former Celtic and Nottingham Forest forward Van Hooijdonk believes brutality is the only way to approach Memphis if he is to improve on his current form.

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The 46-cap former Dutch international wrote in his column for Voetbal International, as per Goal.com:  "What to do with a guy like Memphis? The national team coach knows he needs him in the future. It's obvious that he has exceptional qualities."

"But he needs a type that says: Friend, act normal. Quit screwing around and start playing football. Someone needs to be an a**hole to him."

"It's possible that he will turn against you if you say something about his qualities or his behaviour. Worst case: he doesn't run for you at all."

It is clear to see that Memphis has the ability to become a world-class star, but that can only take you so far. 

Anthony Martial's performance on the left-side at Goodison is exactly what Van Gaal expects from his compatriot. But if he is unwilling to up his work rate in defence, he could face a lengthy spell on the sidelines.
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