It’s fair to say Memphis Depay has endured a difficult debut season at Manchester United.
The winger arrived with an impressive reputation following his £25 million transfer from PSV last summer but has failed to live up to his hefty price tag.
The 22-year-old has found himself on the fringes of the first-team throughout the campaign but has been involved in all 58 match-day squads, along with Daley Blind.
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That is until this weekend, it seems.
That’s because Manchester Evening News are reporting that the Dutchman hasn’t made the 18-man squad for United’s FA Cup final against Crystal Palace.
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Depay wasn’t on the United bus that left their Carrington training ground with Louis van Gaal informing his players of the squad on Thursday ahead of their final training session on Friday.
United fans appear to be unanimous in their reaction to the report - they’re all pretty angry.
It concludes a bitterly disappointing year for Depay and surely raises question marks to his Old Trafford future.
Van Gaal has failed to get the best out of him throughout this season with him scoring just twice in his 29 Premier League appearances. - that’s 20 goals less than the amount he notched for PSV last season during his 30 league appearances for them.
The latest snub has summed up Depay’s poor year at the Theatre of Dreams. He has been subbed off at half-time by Van Gaal on three occasions - something that is likely to knock the confidence of any youngster.
But Depay may get a fresh start at the club next season if Van Gaal leaves. The beleaguered boss looks likely to step aside and to be replaced by Jose Mourinho in the Old Trafford hot seat. That could give Depay a second opportunity to impress at the club.
Earlier this week, Van Gaal admitted that he faces a tough task to pick his squad ahead of the cup final this weekend. Marouane Fellaini has returned from a three-match suspension while Morgan Schneiderlin, Matteo Darmian and Marcus Rojo have all returned. Also, Ashley Young’s goal against Bournemouth after coming off the bench has seemingly done enough to convince his boss of his ability to make an impact as a substitute.
Joining Depay in the stands at Wembley tomorrow will be Cameron Borthwick-Jackson with the same report stating that the youngster has been replaced by Rojo.