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Memphis Depay could leave Man Utd for Premier League rival in January

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Jose Mourinho has endured a rocky road so far during his time as Manchester United manager, and the same can be said of several members of his first-team squad.

The likes of Wayne Rooney, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Chris Smalling and Luke Shaw have all struggled to impress the Portuguese manager at times this year. But, besides Bastian Schweinsteiger, few have been left out in the cold as regularly as Memphis Depay. 

The Dutch winger has failed to impress Mourinho in just his second season at Old Trafford and, as a result, could be one of the first to leave the club in January - at least for a short-term move.

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That's according to a report from the Daily Mail who claim that United's Premier League rivals Everton are preparing to make a move for the 22-year-old Red Devils misfit.

Indeed, per their report, Everton manager Ronald Koeman was in attendance at Wednesday evening's international friendly between Belgium and the Netherlands to watch Depay in action.

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Having arrived in England with a big reputation and a hefty £25 million price tag, Depay has struggled to find his feet at United - either under Mourinho's predecessor Louis Van Gaal, or the Portuguese boss himself.

Indeed, his Old Trafford career has actually gone backwards since the former Chelsea and Real Madrid manager arrived.

After playing 45 times for Van Gaal in the 2015/16 season, Depay has been restricted to just six appearances - four in the Premier League totalling just 20 minutes of playing time - so far this campaign.

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With competition for places on United's wings fierce now that Marcus Rashford is spending a lot of his time out wide, the tricky winger has found himself way down the pecking order behind the likes of Juan Mata, Anthony Martial and even fellow struggler Mkhitaryan.

But, still only 22-years-old, Koeman clearly thinks he can help rejuvenate Depay's stuttering career by giving him some much-needed game time in the Premier League.

Despite the two clubs sitting seventh and eighth in the table having both collected 18 points from their opening 11 games, it is unlikely that United would stand in the Toffee's way and block such a move, either.

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Despite a frustrating 18 months or so, there's no doubt that Depay has talent - he showed that when in his native Netherlands. So, perhaps a few months away from Old Trafford is just what he needs if he wants to become a useful member of the United squad.

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