Louis van Gaal must take the blame for Memphis Depay’s failed Manchester United career.
Depay, who snubbed the advances of Paris Saint-Germain and Liverpool to move to Old Trafford, has struggled since arriving from PSV Eindhoven last summer.
Given the way he fired his former club to the Eredivisie title last season, Van Gaal must take the blame for his compatriot’s inability to adjust to the demands of the Premier League.
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When United splashed out £25million to land Depay, many believed that the club were finally signing a player capable of shining in the prestigious number seven shirt previously worn by club greats such as Cristiano Ronaldo, George Best, and David Beckham.
He had been one of the young stars at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, where he helped Van Gaal’s Netherlands, reach the semi-finals of the tournament via some scintillating victories over Spain, Mexico, and Costa Rica.
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The winger followed that up with a stunning season for PSV last year, with his 25 goals alerting many of Europe’s finest, who tried their utmost to stop him from linking up with Van Gaal at Old Trafford.
However, his decision to move to the Theatre of Dreams has backfired spectacularly and, unless he manages to convince them otherwise, the club will most likely cut their losses on him in the summer.
Depay’s United career started brightly enough with a brace against Club Brugge in the Champions League qualifying rounds, but his form has tailed off ever since, making him one of the worst transfers of the season.
The trickster has been more Bebe than Ronaldo, and his two league goals all season came against Watford and Sunderland last year.
Depay’s overall goal tally for the club stands at seven, but the last of those came back in February in the 5-1 thumping of Danish minnows FC Midtjylland when United were cruising through to the round of 16 anyway.
The form of Anthony Martial, Jesse Lingard, and Marcus Rashford has ensured he become a peripheral figure, and Depay will most likely leave for regular football elsewhere.
Van Gaal must shoulder the blame for Depay’s failure to adjust to the demands of English football, with his negative tactics stifling the talented individuals at his disposal.
Depay is not the only talent to fail to hit top form, with Wayne Rooney and Juan Mata unable to find their best for under their manager.
The winger will most likely leave, but he can attribute his Old Trafford disaster to the man who decided to sign him in the first place.
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