The Red Devils finally put all the speculation and rumours to bed this week by announcing that Holland boss Louis van Gaal is the new man in charge at Old Trafford, replacing David Moyes after the Scot was sacked in April. The 62-year-old must first complete his duties with the Dutch national team at this summer's World Cup in Brazil, but will then be charged with the task of revitalising a United team that was simply turgid at times this season.
In order to do that, van Gaal must splash the cash in the transfer market, and he was today linked with a £15m bid for PSV starlet Depay, who is just 20 but has been named in van Gaal's preliminary squad to take to the World Cup. In fact, a reported source close to van Gaal told The Sun that it wouldn't be a shock to see Depay snapped up by United this summer.
"Van Gaal really likes Memphis — he put him in his squad for the World Cup qualifiers when he was only a teenager. Now he’s taking the kid to Brazil,” the source commented. “Everyone agrees he’s one of the most promising and skilful young stars in Dutch football. No one would be surprised if he is on his way to United sooner rather than later.”
With a growing reputation in Europe, Depay would be an exciting acquisition, but what would he offer to United?
Last season, United struggled out wide as Ashley Young, Antonio Valencia and Nani all failed to turn in consistent displays, and the trio appeared to have lost a yard of pace. They rarely beat their men down the flanks, and Depay offers a great change of pace, as seen here in Holland's recent match against France. United's attack desperately needs a park, and the young Dutchman can provide that.
Depay hit 13 goals in all competitions last season, which would be a welcome addition to the United team. He has a keen eye for goal - particularly from long range. Depay possesses a lethal shot from distance, and has made a habit of scoring stunning goals as a result, such as this, this, and...this.
A long term wing partner for Adnan Januzaj
Januzaj burst onto the scene this season and was arguably United's most impressive winger - despite being so young and inexperienced. The United team has been full of ageing players for some time now, and rather than having to go with the dated trio of Young, Valencia and Nani - who have offered little for some time - they could instead feature Januzaj and Depay not only immediately but for years to come too.