The 21-year-old joined Manchester United from PSV Eindhoven having netted a total of 28 times in 40 appearances in all competitions during the Dutch side’s title winning season.
Prior to last year, Depay was part of Louis van Gaal‘s world cup squad and ended up being a crucial member of a Netherlands side who exceeded expectation by finishing third in Brazil.
It was actually Van Gaal who gave Depay his senior international debut in a 2-0 victory over Turkey and the two have developed a bond that Slegers believes is a crucial factor in him moving to Manchester.
Speaking about Depay to ManUtd.com, Slegers said: “Louis van Gaal has experience with bringing younger players to the higher level; he has done this many times in the past and with Memphis it’s certain that they have a click together – you could see this during the World Cup.
“I would say that van Gaal is the reason why Memphis chose to go to United. Of course, Memphis really likes Manchester United but van Gaal was a really, really important factor.”
Excitement is continuing to build over the signing of Depay. Every journalist who has watched him play or PSV player who has lined up alongside him has lavished praise on him and his performance against USA this weekend in a friendly certainly got pulses racing.
Van Gaal is beginning to rectify United’s slow movement in the last two summers and the signing of Depay is a good indicator of how he wants to do business.
It was done and dusted within days of the final game of the season and could be the beginning of a very fruitful summer for United.