Robin van Persie excited to link-up with Memphis Depay at Manchester United

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Robin van Persie and Memphis Depay have been teammates for almost two years at international level and will link-up next season at Manchester United.

The announcement of a deal for Memphis Depay was a good signing for Manchester United fans as it meant they were intent on getting some business completed early in this transfer window.

Last summer, Louis van Gaal waited to sign the majority of his players in the final couple of weeks of the window, with only Luke Shaw and Ander Herrera joining before the season began.

It meant United constantly changed their starting line-up in the early games of the campaign, meaning they fell behind the teams challenging for the Premier League title before the season had even got going.

Depay’s arrival from PSV Eindhoven sends out all of the right signals. He is a young and ambitious footballer who has proved he has the talent to succeed at the top level, whilst bringing him in this early will give him sufficient time to settle into life in Manchester.

The 21-year-old benefitted from an extra season in his homeland after a breakthrough World Cup which saw him score twice as Holland finished in third place under the stewardship of Van Gaal.

Depay scored 22 goals in the Eredivisie from the wing in 2014/15, a tally which has all of the United fan-base excited to see him pull on the red shirt next season.

His Dutch and new United teammate, Robin van Persie, is equally excited at the acquisition of Depay, who was one of the hottest properties on the continent before United swooped early in the window to secure his signature.

Van Persie told United’s official website: “Yeah, I am looking forward to it. I have been working with him for the last year or so with Holland, so I know him quite well.

“I am excited for him. He has made a big move to Manchester United and it will be interesting to see how he will do, and how he will take on this challenge.”

Thijs Slegers, a Dutch journalist who works for Voetbal International, knows the duo well having closely followed their relationship over the last two years. He does not believe Depay will benefit that much from the more experienced Van Persie being at Old Trafford next season as the youngster has the capacity to “go it alone.”

He said: “Robin has been good with Memphis and he can continue to impact positively on his progression. But the thing with Memphis is that he doesn’t need that much help.

“What he has achieved so far in his career he has done largely by himself. Of course he had help from players, trainers and managers, but he had a tough youth and managed to deal with that to get where he is today.”

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