Sunday 17 December 2017

Cocu backs Depay to shine at Old Trafford


PSV Eindhoven coach Phillip Cocu is convinced Memphis Depay (below) will be a success for Manchester United this season.

United beat a host of Europe's top clubs - including Paris St Germain - to Depay's signature in May, but he is yet to score in the Premier League.

Louis van Gaal substituted the 21-year-old at half-time during United's 3-1 win over Liverpool on Saturday because the Dutch manager felt his compatriot gave the ball away too much.

Cocu got the best out of Depay at PSV last year, where he scored 22 league goals for the club, and he is sure the forward will find his touch in front of goal for his new team soon.

"It's normal you need some time to grow, you need a lot of games," the PSV boss said on the eve of his team's Champions League game against United at the Philips Stadion.

"Physically he's very strong and he's a quick learner also. And I'm sure when he gets some time he'll get it very fast. He will bring goals," he said.

"He's a very vertical player who always likes to play towards the goal. Not only will he score goals, he has good vision. He will have some ups and downs. I'm sure when he's been playing a few months, I'm convinced he'll get better and better."

Depay is not the only familiar face Cocu will encounter when the two teams meet tonight in Eindhoven. Cocu knows Van Gaal well having worked with the experienced manager during his two spells at Barcelona.

However, he admits some of Van Gaal's methods are not to everyone's liking.

"It's not so difficult (to play for Van Gaal) if you are open to it, if you are convinced that his way is the best way for the team," Cocu said. "The only differences are between the players. Some are open and learn quickly, others like to play on their intuition."

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