Van Gaal 'not satisfied' with Memphis but backs winger to improve

The Netherlands international joined Manchester United in a £22.3 million deal in the summer but has yet to fulfill his potential, according to the former Barcelona manager


Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal admits that he is not satisfied with the performances of summer signing Memphis Depay but has backed the winger to improve in the coming months.

United acquired Memphis for a fee of around £22.3 million from PSV Eindhoven and the 21-year-old has made seven appearances in all competitions thus far this season, scoring two goals.

Memphis is set to return to his former club in the Champions League on Tuesday and Van Gaal claims that the summer signing is yet to reach his full potential but believes the forward has the ability to thrive at Old Trafford.

“I think PSV is very difficult to beat in their home ground. The Eredivisie is younger and younger, that’s why you have to be patient. That’s how I have to be with Memphis, or [Jesse] Lingard, or [Adnan] Januzaj for that reason,” he told reporters.

“Players of 19, 20, 21 cannot be consistent. The Eredivisie is very nice to watch, the tactical solutions are nice to watch as well. But the EPL is difficult to play and Memphis is seeing that now.

“As a manager you are never satisfied, it’s not so easy with the high rhythm in the PL. But he shall improve I think.”

Fellow summer signing Anthony Martial made a goalscoring start to life at United, as he came off the bench to score the third goal in a 3-1 win over Liverpool on Saturday, and Van Gaal has called on supporters to be patient with both Memphis and the £58 million buy from Monaco.

“I have had only one day of training after the match and it was a light session because we have to play tomorrow, but his impression was good,” he said of the Frenchman.

“Also for him it’s the same as for Memphis, you have to give him time and that’s what I’m asking also from the fans because we cannot change the market price.”

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