Memphis Depay smashed 43 goals in 106 games for PSV Eindhoven before United splashed out £25 million for his services.
Manchester United are making every possible move to end their two years trophy drought. A club that has won a record 20 Premier League titles went shopping very early to improve their chance of wrestling the title away from the Londoners Chelsea and back to the red half of Manchester. New singing Memphis Depay became United's first signing of the summer before the season had finished, and was asked to sit out the final two fixtures in Holland amid injury concerns. Despite Louis Van Gaal's request he played the final two games.
Depay has joined an illustrious list of Dutch players who have played for Manchester United, none of whom failed. Jaap Stam, Ruud Van Nistlerooy and Edwin Van Der Sar are all title winners among those who have played from Holland, in fact Stam played a pivotal role in Manchester United's treble winning season.
Memphis Depay entered the record books becoming the youngest Dutchman to score a goal at the World Cup, at the age of 20 years and four months when he struck the winner for Holland in their group match against Australia in Brazil. He scored his second goal of the tournament when he added Holland’s second in a 2-0 win over Chile which sealed top spot in their group. He his highly rated by his then national coach Louis Van Gaal, and reuniting with him at Manchester United can prove instrumental to his career. Louis Van Gaal is known for his recognizable work with young players such as Xavi Hernández, Andrés Iniesta at Barcelona, Thomas Müller and Bastian Schweinsteiger FC Bayern, Patrick Kluivert and Edgar Davids Ajax.
Memphis Depay went into his Dutch season high on confidence following his two goals for Netherlands at the World Cup in Brazil. And he produced an outstanding campaign in which he notched 22 goals and five assists for Philip Cocu's title-winning PSV Eindhoven side. The 21-year-old's quick and direct dribbling and powerful shot made him a regular threat to opposition defences. His left-sided partnership with Jetro Willems was a joy to watch.
He is a fearsome striker of the ball with his right-foot but is usually used as an inverted left winger who cuts onto his right foot. A pacey and tricky player, his direct running makes him a difficult opponent for defenders. A variation of 4-3-3 or 4-2-3-1 suits the team. Depay is best as a left forward of a front three and linking up with Di Maria or Juan Mata on the left can be a menace to defenders.
As the 10th Dutchman to play for Manchester United, the 21-year-old will bring much-needed urgency and pace to United's occasionally disoriented attack and judging by his set-piece prowess, they might score directly from free-kicks again.
The centre forward role is not as pressing a concern for Van Gaal and Rooney will likely earn the benefit of a season up front in the 4-3-3 system. Depay, while cocksure, is raw and even admitted to PSV TV, he was prepared for a 'big step' up in quality ahead of his move to England.
Depay will have to cope with the rigours of a quicker and more physical league and adapt to the festive fixtures. He might not even begin his United career as a first-teamer as Van Gaal nurtures him at club level, having presided over his maturity at international football.
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