Robin van Persie welcomes Memphis Depay to Manchester United

by Sam Peoples

Robin van Persie has joined Daley Blind in welcoming Memphis Depay to Manchester United.

Just like Blind, Van Persie played alongside Depay at the World Cup for Holland but he had a closer working relationship on the pitch, simply because of where he played.

When Depay joins his new team-mates in the summer, United will have three Dutch players and a Dutchman in charge. Slowly but surely, Louis van Gaal is building the squad he feels is capable of winning every trophy.

Something that will be interesting to see is whether Van Persie will actually play with Depay because his future at the moment is very uncertain.

Van Persie has played a very small bit-part role this year under Van Gaal and the arrival of Depay is a further indication of his desire to have United playing with a 4-3-3 formation on a permanent basis, a formation which doesn’t play to Van Persie’s strengths any more.

Wayne Rooney is United’s main striker now and could keep Van Persie out of the team for large parts of the season. Would he want to stay in a peripheral role? Would Van Gaal want him to? It is not inconceivable to think Robin could be on his way out this summer.

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