Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has insisted that Memphis Depay and Daley Blind have remained professional despite having been dropped to the substitute bench in recent weeks.
Following the international break, the Dutch duo have had to make do with bit part roles for the Red Devils, but Van Gaal has conceded that he's not surprised by their reactions.
In fact, the Dutch coach has admitted that both players are naturally unhappy with their current roles but has insisted that they must wait patiently to prove themselves again.
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Both players failed to feature during United's stalemate with rivals Manchester City in the derby yesterday and it's far from certain as to whether they will be recalled to the starting XI anytime soon.
When speaking about Depay and Blind, speaking to FOX Sports, as reported by De Telegraaf, the United boss stated: "They have very good abilities; very professional. I can not in that regard complain about my squad. This is not fun for them, but they continue to work hard.
"They behave very professionally. It’s natural for them not to like the fact that they have ended up on the bench, but that has to do with philosophy, and the fact that when you return from the national team like that, you are preoccupied with that.
"The other players are also doing very well. I have no reason to change. They must wait for their chances and then go and be great."
It's not going to be easy for either player to force their way back into Van Gaal's side. With Phil Jones and Chris Smalling starring at the back for United, Van Gaal's side have conceded just one goal in their last three outings.
Marcos Rojo, meanwhile, excelled in the Manchester derby at left-back while Blind is now behind the trio of Michael Carrick, Morgan Schneiderlin and Bastian Schweinsteiger in the midfield department.
Depay, on the other hand, has failed to produce the goods on a consistent basis. After some fine performances in the Champions League, the Dutch international hasn't been able to replicate his form on the domestic scene. However, at just 21-years-old, Depay has more than enough time to settle at the Theatre of Dreams.
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