Louis van Gaal has warned Memphis Depay that he faces a fight to get back in to the Manchester United first team after losing out to Jesse Lingard.
The Dutch international was a £31 million arrival from PSV Eindhoven over the summer, but has failed to make an impact and has been replaced by an academy graduate in Lingard.
The 21-year-old managed just one goal in eight Premier League appearances before being relegated to the bench in favour of Lingard, who found the back of the net against West Brom and has appeared in the league four times.
Van Gaal insists he's not worried about Depay and believes the talented youngster will come good, but warned him it won't be easy to get back into the Manchester United first team.
Asked if he expected more from the winger, Van Gaal replied: “Otherwise I wouldn’t look for another solution, and I have looked for another solution in my team.
“I have kept Jesse Lingard and Andreas Pereira, for example, for that option, so now he has to fight back and he does it, so I’m satisfied.
“He is always looking very good in training. There’s always a chance [he can play]. But I have to see and compare players.”
The Mirror, who carry Van Gaal's quotes about Depay on their back page this morning, certainly seemed to have enjoyed themselves when they were dreaming up the headline.
Below is that very back page and we're struggling to think of a better back-page splash in recent memory:
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