Dutch hero Cocu speaks on £20m Manchester United target's future

Former Holland international Phillip Cocu believes Memphis Depay should ignore links with Manchester United.

As Holland anticipate reaching a second consecutive World Cup Final, young winger Memphis Depay will be dreaming of scoring the goal which takes them there.

The PSV prospect has featured regularly for the Netherlands, three times off the bench and a starter in the quarter-final against Costa Rica.

Only 20, he has been linked with joining Manchester United boss-to-be Louis van Gaal at the Red Devils straight after the tournament.

His former mentor for the national under-17 and under-21 side Albert Stuivenberg has been named as assistant at United, and Depay is seen as being able to contribute more than Nani or Ashley Young in both the short-term and long-term.

Former Dutch international Cocu, now coach at PSV, believes however Depay is best served staying put.

He told Voetball International: "He has a contract here, so we should not get ahead of ourselves.

"I let Memphis know that it if he stays it will still be a good year for him. He has only one full season behind him. I think you need a certain base to take the next step. That is independent of the qualities that a person has."

Cocu added that there has been no official approach for the winger, but this should not necessarily mean United are not interested.

Louis van Gaal reportedly decided he would not pursue any players at Holland's top clubs during the World Cup, so not to create negative headlines back home and potentially distract and disrupt his squad.

Depay may soon have a big decision to make. Cocu's advice is valid, but the chance to work regularly under Louis van Gaal, is an attractive difference maker which United simply would not possess if David Moyes was still in charge at the club.

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