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Tuesday 6 December 2016

lvg: memphis class to shine

Van Gaal insists patience is key to Depay's success

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal, although the manager has warned Reds supporters not to expect too much too soon from new signing Memphis Depay.

After passing his medical on Monday, Depay will complete his move to Old Trafford from PSV Eindhoven when the summer transfer window opens on July 1st and the 21-year-old forward will arrive with a reputation as one of the most exciting prospects in European football, having scored twice at the World Cup in Brazil before netting 25 goals in all competitions this season.

Most recently, the Dutchman claimed the Eredivisie's top goalscorer award and became the youngest player to win the Golden Boot since legendary Brazil striker Ronaldo bagged 30 goals for PSV in 1994/95.

All of this has prompted much excitement among United fans, who are looking forward to watching Depay in action at the beginning of the next campaign. But, Van Gaal tempered expectations and called for patience.

"Youth is very important to this club and is a very big part of my philosophy as a manager," van Gaal said.

"We have a number of young players in our first-team squad who have benefitted from experiencing first-team football this season and that will help their development going into next season.

POTENTIAL

"Memphis Depay is a young player who has come through the PSV Eindhoven academy system," the boss continued. "I worked with Memphis during last summer's World Cup with the Netherlands and he has great potential.

"The plan is to help him develop as a player, but we must all be patient.

"The Premier League is very different from any other league and it will take time for him to fully adapt to the pace and unforgiving nature of football in this country," he added.

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