Manchester – Louis van Gaal has warned his
confident new signing Memphis Depay to expect
a massive culture shock when he makes his
Premier League debut for Manchester United this
The 21-year-old was unveiled at Old Trafford as
he completes the first week of pre-season
training with the club he joined for 25 million
(35million euros, $38.7million) from PSV
Eindhoven at the end of the last campaign.
Depay sounded full of confidence that he can
continue to make the same dramatic impact he
has made so far for club and country, where he
played for van Gaal at the 2014 World Cup.
But after the troubles experienced last season by
new United signings Angel di Maria, Marcos Rojo
and Daley Blind all of whom struggled to adapt to
the English game, van Gaal has warned his latest
signing that his new surroundings may prove
tougher than he expects.
“I think he is one of the few high-talented boys of
his age in the world,” said van Gaal.
“And you can hear he is full of confidence but he
will notice it is not so easy in the Premier League.
“It is a big difference with the Dutch league. There
is always pressure on the ball, it is physical, the
resistance is high. So it’s not easy. I have said to
him but he is full of confidence so he will say
what he is thinking and feeling.
“But I know it is not so easy and also players like
Rojo, di Maria and Blind have had problems. So
we have to give him time also.”
Van Gaal would not be drawn on the status of
Robin van Persie, who is reportedly on the verge
of a 4.7 million move to Fenerbahce in Turkey but
the United manager did reveal that he has the
option of playing left winger Depay in a central
striker role, where he has performed for the
Dutch national team, as a replacement for his
Depay, who has already drawn comparisons with
former United legend Cristiano Ronaldo, is clearly
relishing the challenge despite the warnings of his
new club manager.
“I am very excited. I have to improve myself in
the Premier League and I am very happy to be
here,” he said.
“My aim is to win trophies with the team. It is the
biggest club in the world.
“We have a lot of quality so I have to fight my way
but I think the team has the quality to win the title
and all the trophies there are to win.
“I think I can score goals. I believe I will work on
it and I am excited to do my job for Manchester
United and to score goals. I am a striker so I want
to score goals and get assists.
“They other players said it is a hard competition,
very hard and the game moves fast, everybody is
fast and strong so it will be different. I think my
team-mates will help me settle me in but I also
have to do it myself.”
One other new signing is right-back Matteo
Darmian who van Gaal confirmed is on his way to
United for a medical that will clinch his 14.4
million move from Torino this weekend.
Van Gaal also insisted he has no doubt that United
goalkeeper David de Gea, linked strongly with a
summer move to Real Madrid, will behave
professionally if he is still with the club by the
time they leave for their pre-season tour of the
United States on Monday.
“I think he is a very professional player and he
showed fantastic attitude until now and I think that
for all my players,” said van Gaal.
“Not only De Gea but others who have to behave
themselves very professionally.
“It is also good that Memphis does that. That is
the difficulty now for every manager. This period
when players have to go or not have to go is the
most difficult time. I cannot complain about the
professional attitude of my players.”
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