The Dutch winger has been touted as one of the rising stars of world football and certainly has all the tools at his disposal to replicate Cristiano Ronaldo’s rise to the top.
Memphis has speed, strength, can score and assist at ease and appears to have the ambition to match it.
Memphis joined United this summer for £25m and said he wants to become a “legend” at the club. Van Gaal reportedly called Memphis personally and asked him to join him in England and Depay believes that Van Gaal makes players better.
Speaking to BBC, Depay was full of praise for his compatriot:
“I don’t want to say he is a father figure,” he said.
“But he is a great manager. He can make players better.
“My experience when I went to the World Cup, and even before, was that I felt I was a better player every time I trained with him. I felt stronger. I felt fit.
“I am very hungry and I want to do everything better so I become a better player.”
In the history of football, Van Gaal will certainly go down as one of the best coaches of all time. He has a unique personality that he brings with him to every club he has managed and he stamps his authority everywhere he goes.
His approach to the media, preparation for games and the way he talks to players and opposing managers is unique and it is unlikely that we will ever see a coach like Van Gaal again.
For all his talk of his “philosophy”, Van Gaal certainly has principles he sticks by and players do tend to respond to his way of coaching.