One of the reasons Memphis Depay signed for Manchester United over any other top European club interested in securing his services last summer was because of his relationship with Louis van Gaal.
The Dutch coach handed Memphis his debut in the Netherlands national team and clearly made a positive impression on the young winger.
However, the relationship between the two men quickly became sour at Old Trafford and, by the end of the season, appeared to have reached breaking point. Memphis is understood to have been ‘furious’ after being omitted from United’s 18-man FA Cup final squad at the weekend and has now spoken out about Van Gaal’s sacking to the Dutch press.
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Unsurprisingly, the 22-year-old doesn’t appear to be particularly upset or shocked by the news.
“A love-hate relationship [with Van Gaal]? I don’t know,” Memphis was quoted as telling De Telegraaf by the Manchester Evening News. “And now he leaves, as things go in football, as in life. And you learn and you become stronger.”
Memphis: I am happy at Man Utd
Asked if his future as a United player will be affected by Van Gaal’s departure, the Dutchman continued: “No, this does not affect me. I am happy to be at Manchester United and the board is happy with me.”
Memphis, despite the fact his first season has been a huge disappointment, is confident he will still be at Old Trafford next season.
“I say this because I believe in myself and work hard,” he added.
Memphis on Mourinho's arrival
“If the arrival of Mourinho becomes official, I’ll ask Wesley Sneijder what kind of man he is," Depay was quoted as saying by the Guardian. "That’s interesting. It all sounds so, but it is not yet official.”
Memphis could flourish under Mourinho
Jose Mourinho may feel that he can help bring the best out of Memphis, who scored 28 goals in 40 appearances during his final season with PSV - in the process cementing his reputation as one of the best young players in Europe.
The Dutch forward has shown flashes of brilliance in a United shirt but his off-field activities and suspect attitude have often been called into question over the past nine months.
His performances have also not been up to the standards expected of a Manchester United winger.
Memphis admits he has failed to deliver
Handed the number seven shirt last summer, big things were expected of the £25 million winger but, by his own admission, he has failed to deliver.
Asked if he had lived up to his price tag earlier this season, Memphis told the Daily Mail: “No. Not yet. I know that. I will continue to fight for it.
“I have a lot of expectations on myself. That's important. The club is busy and I am busy to improve it.
“I don't want to put a date on it or say when [I will meet expectations] but it will come. Confidence will help and experience. You learn from your mistakes.
“Those moments they will come and I will work and focus on it.”
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