Danny Murphy responds when asked whether Memphis Depay could leave Manchester United for Southampton

Danny Murphy has responded to claims Memphis Depay could sign for Southampton.

Depay's career at Manchester United has not started in the way many expected, but Danny Murphy has played down any chances of him leaving, when asked by talkSPORT if he thinks the Dutchman could move to Southampton.

When asked if he thinks Depay could go to Southampton, Murphy said: “I would hope not. I’d hope he wouldn’t just jump ship because he hasn’t started on fire. Not in a million years, with the wages he’d be on, would he go to Southampton. I think it’s a case of him just finding his feet, but he hasn’t impressed, these first three months.”

There have been no concrete links suggesting that Southampton are looking at Depay, but as the winger found himself out of the side at the weekend in United’s victory over Everton, there are suggestions that his days are numbered at Old Trafford.

Louis van Gaal does not suffer poor players lightly, and it could be that the 21-year-old faces an uphill battle to earn his way back into the side after criticisms concerning his ego and attitude.

Southampton have been suggested as a potential destination due to head coach Ronald Koeman’s admiration of the player, with the Mirror confirming that the Dutch boss wanted to sign Depay in the summer of 2014.

He would have been a fantastic signing for Southampton, but United managed to swoop in and secure his signature over the summer, and Murphy believes a move away from United is unlikely.

He is on extremely high wages with the Red Devils, and any potential exit from Old Trafford would likely be to one of Europe’s biggest clubs, not a smaller Premier League side.

And that is if Depay leaves anyway, which seems a very unlikely occurrence.

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