A deal to sign the 21-year-old was agreed very quickly yesterday in what was quite an unusual move for Man United to move quite so early in the transfer window but Van Gaal’s hand was forced.
Speaking about Depay at his pre-match press conference, Van Gaal feels a player of his ilk is rare in world football.
“He’s a goalscoring winger and there aren’t so many of them in the world,” van Gaal said.
“[Lionel] Messi is one of those but now I think we have to talk about the game against Crystal Palace and we have to focus on this and the coming three games. That’s more important.
“I was forced to handle [the situation] as a manager because, otherwise, he was going to PSG, that’s why I had to sign him and we’ve done it within one day. But, for us, it’s better to focus on the game against Palace.”
Depay was signed extremely early this year and although Van Gaal wants to make that a regular occurrence, he’s well aware it can’t always be done.
He added: “I want to do this [make signings] early but it’s not always possible,” he added. “When there’s a chance, to you have handle that and manage it directly and that was the case. I want to purchase players after our season and not during the season because it disturbs our concentration for the match.”