Manchester United announced yesterday on their website that they have agreed a deal with PSV Eindhoven for Memphis Depay, with the transfer expected to go through, subject to medical, when the summer transfer window opens.
Louis van Gaal deserves a pat on the back for getting the talented winger secured early, avoiding the possibility of an intense bidding war against other teams after the end of the season, which might have made an agreement difficult to accomplish.
Depay will inject plenty of pace and quality into the current United team, giving his manager plenty of options over how to restructure his midfield for next year. He can play down either side of a team and that gives van Gaal extra options.
He’ll also add to the side in terms of their counter attacking play, because he’s superb in terms of being able to attack space and exploit the space, which is often left in behind when sides move forward and try to press United.
Van Gaal’s focus will now switch to ensuring United finish in the top four by the end of the season, which is important for the very obvious reason of the Champions League, which is important in terms of other transfers and for financial reasons.
It will then fall on improving other areas of the squad and giving the side some strength in positions, which have looked vulnerable at times this season.
United are also going to have some business to do in terms of players leaving the club, because it’s important they make some cash back and balance the books slightly to give themselves options in the middle of next season and to keep the team out of trouble in terms of Financial Fair Play.
Here’s what Manchester United fans made of the deal on Twitter.
I am glad we signed Depay He's one of the best prospects in World Football— Manchester United (@MUFC_linkup) May 8, 2015
This guy got everything with great dribble, pace, set piece or even long shot. #Depay— Shafiq (@PertDAmato) May 8, 2015
Welcome to Manchester Memphis Depay. Much needed pace and creativity!!! #mufc— Ramneek Suri (@ramneeksuri) May 7, 2015
Imagine DEPAY skills pace next to human mata and Herrera— MAN UNITED FOR LIFE (@MANUTD20x) May 7, 2015
Welcome to Man United, Memphis Depay! What a great signing!— Brandon Vander Wey (@BVanderwey10) May 8, 2015
Depay is an extremely good player. Great signing for United. Much better signing than Di Maria.— Patrick Gullaci (@pgullaci) May 8, 2015
Depay is a great signing but I think someone is gonna leave in the summer and it's killin me to know who that is— Zain Amir (@zainamir4) May 7, 2015