€20m signing chance boosted by Albert Stuivenberg appointment at Manchester United

Netherlands Fans Oranje

As if Louis van Gaal was not enough to convince Memphis Depay to join Manchester United, his choice of assistant could sway the deal.

Louis van Gaal has appointed Albert Stuivenberg as an assistant coach at Manchester United, to work as part of his team alongside Ryan Giggs.

Stuivenberg's specific brief will be to oversee youth team development, and help James Wilson and co bridge the gap from the academy into the first team.

Stuivenberg's presence at the club will also make the club even more attractive to potential transfer target Memphis Depay, who will have fond memories of working under him.

PSV winger Depay has starred at the World Cup when selected by Van Gaal, but at present opinion in Holland is split as to whether he should stay in the Eredivisie and fine tune his talents or seize a big move if one presents itself.

While it is hard to see him turning down Van Gaal, Stuivenberg could be a decisive factor in his mind.

It was under Stuivenberg in 2011 that Memphis Depay starred, and made his first mark on international football. 

He was part of the Dutch under-17 side which won the UEFA European Championship that year, with Depay also scoring in the tournament.

Stuivenberg led the Netherlands to win in the tournament in 2012, a back-to-back achievement which looks impressive on his CV.

He progressed to take on the Dutch under-21 side, and has just completed this role, which required close liaison with Louis van Gaal.

Memphis Depay was selected seven times under his management, before being called up to the senior squad.

He has worked under Stuivenberg on and off for four years now with real success, and having his guidance at United is an extra reason for him not to hesitate if PSV and the Red Devils can agree upon a transfer after the World Cup.

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