The 21-year-old then went on to enjoy a fantastic World Cup where he earned plenty of praise for his performances and followed that up with a stunning season at PSV, having scored 20 goals in 30 appearances for the Dutch side.
Depay was fantastic for the Netherlands against Spain over the international break, which has only served to intensify the speculation surrounding the youngster.
His pacey style of play and ability on the wings have earned comparisons with compatriot Arjen Robben and Manchester Evening News‘ Stuart Mathieson doesn’t feel United can afford to miss out on him, pointing towards previously losing out on the Bayern Munich winger as a missed opportunity.
Man United were reportedly close to signing Robben in 2004 when he left PSV but the Dutchman opted to join Chelsea instead and with Depay likely to leave this year, could the same situation repeat itself?
Louis van Gaal has a strong relationship with Depay having coached him at the World Cup and that certainly plays into United’s hands but there will be no doubt be some competition for his signature. After all, he is one of the promising young players in European football.
United’s boss has made it clear he a 4-3-3 formation is his preferred choice and in that respect, Depay would slot in perfectly. A hypothetical trio of Angel di Maria and Depay either side of Rooney could be a devastating attack.
Depay is going to be one of the most eagerly anticipated move of the summer in terms of what club he will choose to move to and if he does indeed turn out to be the new Robben, van Gaal will not want to miss out on him.