Dwight Yorke has reacted to Louis van Gaal's decision to drop Memphis Depay from the FA Cup final squad. The Dutchman hasn't lived up to expectation following his £31 million transfer from PSV last summer.
The 22-year-old scored just seven goals in 45 games this season, only scoring twice in the Premier League. He's only started two games in the league since March and has not been a threat to defences liked he was expected to be when he first signed.
The United legend said to talkSport: “It’s a bit of a shame really, because when he came he came with a big reputation. Coming out of Dutch football he’d done really well and scored a lot of goals, and he got off to the perfect start at Manchester United.
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“We all thought: ‘Yeah, we’ve got someone here who’s a bit special who’s going to excite the fans.’ Unfortunately it hasn’t worked out that way for him, and he’s found it very difficult. He’s been in and out of the team, and as the season’s progressed he seems to have struggled going forwards.”
Depay wasn't expected to start the FA Cup final, but many thought he would still be named in the team. His exclusion just shows how much his game has dropped over the last year. Although this season has been one to forget for him, Yorke has stated there still is a promising future for the young star at United.
He continued: “He’s still a young man; he’s only 22. Hopefully, this will be a learning curve, and he’ll come back next year stronger and fitter and raring to go.”