The Dutch forward scored 22 goals in 30 games for PSV Eindhoven last season and was awarded the Dutch Young Footballer of the Year award but hasn’t had the same impact at Old Trafford so far.
Speaking about Memphis, van Gaal defended him after a journalist said he was struggling with the pace of the Premier League.
He responded: “These are your words. not mine. He has to adapt, I agree. But that’s not only at pace but in different situations. He has to adapt. And also to the culture of England and the Premier League as a person.”
Not every player can come to the Premier League to hit it off straight away like Anthony Martial has and Memphis is a classic case of that. There have been fleeting moments but nothing like the consistency he showed in the Eredivisie.
But as I have reiterated on multiple occasions, Memphis has got my full backing because I am convinced he can have the same sort of second season which Shaw had at United. It’s all about how he takes this year on board as a lesson and learns from it, which I am convinced he will.
Memphis possesses all the tools he needs to become one of the world’s best players and I can’t wait to see him apply that for United.