How Manchester United could line-up after signing Memphis Depay

by Richard Laverty

Links between Manchester United and Memphis Depay are strengthening by the day, with the player sparking rumours himself with his actions on social media.

United potentially hold an advantage there given Depay worked with current boss Louis van Gaal but how would the PSV man fit into United’s team?

Undoubtedly, van Gaal’s preference is to move to a 4-3-3 system using a single striker, probably Wayne Rooney. Whilst it’s been rare this season, it is the manager’s go-to formation and the 3-0 win over Spurs on Sunday showed how good it can be when the players click.

The issues come when deciding who plays where. Daley Blind appears almost un-droppable by Louis van Gaal, but both Michael Carrick and Marouane Fellaini have become crucial under the new manager.

Ander Herrera could drop out but he has shown recently he merits a place in the starting line-up and Van Gaal appears to be realising that. It almost certainly means Angel Di Maria won’t return to his midfield role and will continue on the right of midfield, meaning Depay will slot in on the left hand side, where he plays for PSV.

Whilst it all makes sense, it would be cruel on Ashley Young, perhaps the most improved player under van Gaal alongside Fellaini. Young has been key to United’s play this season but one thing is for sure, United shouldn’t be short of options off the bench come August.

Regardless of the personnel around him, a starting XI with Depay in certainly looks more dangerous because not only does it carry more pace but there is a much greater goal threat.


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