Louis van Gaal has sent a clear warning to Memphis Depay over his failure to perform for Manchester United, comparing the young Dutchman to fallen stars Angel di Maria and Radamel Falcao.
The Red Devils chief dropped Depay to the bench for Saturday's trip to Everton and saw his team put in arguably one of their best performances of the season, winning 3-0.
It was a significantly improved display to the one that saw them succumb to a 3-0 reverse against Arsenal earlier this month, and it could leave the 21-year-old struggling to earn his place back.
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Van Gaal seemed to agree with that theory and revealed that he decided to drop the £31million summer signing because he has not been good enough.
Worryingly enough, the Dutch manager saw it fit to compare the former PSV star to Di Maria and Falcao, both of whom famously failed to play anywhere near their potential for Manchester United last season. And, of course, both were thrown out of Old Trafford as a result.
“You see a lot of qualities in a player but he has to put that quality in service of your team," he told the Sun.
“That also happened with Angel Di Maria and Falcao — great players but you have to fit in the philosophy and wait and see if that shall come or not.
“Some players cannot adapt to the team philosophy. That you cannot know in advance. You have to see that.”
Giggs the saviour
It is now down to Ryan Giggs to help Depay establish himself at Manchester United. Van Gaal revealed that the former Wales international is now delivering some personal tutoring to Depay in an attempt to get the best out of him.
Van Gaal continued: "Ryan can give advice, he has already given advice to Memphis. He was one of the best left-footed wingers in the history of Manchester United and the world and I think he can always be an influence, even though Memphis is right-footed so it is slightly different.
"But the player is also responsible for his own deeds. You have to give that respect to the identity of the team. Some players can not adapt to the team philosophy and you can not know that in advance.