Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has hit back at the media for undermining his authority and reporting Memphis Depay refused to travel for the FA Cup final after being dropped from the matchday squad.
Van Gaal reportedly told Memphis he would be excluded from the squad at Wembley earlier this week but he looked in a good mood during the celebrations after the full time whistle. Speaking about the reports, van Gaal has criticised the media for making up stories.
“My friends in the media, or some of my friends, have written Memphis Depay was not here and want to undermine my authority but it is not true,” he said.
“Memphis was here. They [Depay and Cameron Borthwick-Jackson] went with a later train because I want focus in my squad. Don’t write when you don’t know it.”
Memphis will understandably be disappointed to have been left out of the squad for a Cup final, but apart from some impressive displays in Europe, he hasn’t been able to show his full potential in England and cement his place on the first-team.
He hasn’t enjoyed a great debut season at Old Trafford, scoring only two league goals and creating 12 chances throughout 29 appearances. He’s started just four league games in 2016 and has dropped down the pecking order behind Jesse Lingard, who scored the late winner on Saturday night.
Jose Mourinho is set to be announced as van Gaal’s replacement on Tuesday and it may be the boost he needs to build on his long-term future at Old Trafford. His work ethic is second to none and getting his head down and hitting the ground running with Luke Shaw returning next season will be the best thing for him.