As it transpired, Van Gaal’s hand was forced by Paris St Germain and he moved quickly to secure his signature in what was a swift decision which ultimately paid off.
There was a wave of excitement last week online when the Depay announcement was made and before Man United’s game against Crystal Palace this weekend, United Peoples TV asked fans around Selhurst Park what they thought of his signing.
Excited. That’s the best way to describe the general feeling around the signing of Depay. The 21-year-old is almost the archetypal United signing – young, talented, driven and with bags of potential.
He’s the sort of player who could blossom at Old Trafford and the thought about him potentially growing into a world class player is what fans are getting excited about at United.