Memphis has struggled since his move from to Old Trafford from PSV Eindhoven this summer and was dropped by van Gaal for Man United’s trip to Everton. Depay was an unused substitute as the Reds ran out 3-0 winners in the first game that the 21-year-old hasn’t played in the league this season.
The youngster has just one goal in the Premier League so far and has been rather underhwelming since his move. Memphis has put in just the one standout performance since his arrival when he scored a brace and recorded an assist in United’s Champions League qualifier against Club Brugge.
Van Gaal has warned Memphis that he must adapt as soon as possible. He said: “Some players cannot adapt to the team philosophy, that you cannot know in advance. You have to see that.
“Because you see a lot of qualities in a player, but he has to put that quality in service of your team.”
Van Gaal cited the the cases of two of last summer’s signings who never seemed to fit in at United.
He continued: “That also happened with Ángel di María and [Radamel] Falcao – both great players but you have to fit in with the philosophy. Not only with Memphis, with every player that we have bought.”
Neither of those players lasted more than a season in Manchester and United fans will be hoping that this is not the case with Depay. The winger definitely has potential but it remains to be seen whether he will be able to fulfill that in the Premier League.
Memphis is still young and will know now that he needs to work hard to win back his place in the starting lineup. After the brilliant performance at Everton, van Gaal will be reluctant to change much and Memphis could find himself on the bench more often. Hopefully, he fights to win his place back and, once he gets it, is ready to prove himself on the big stage.