Tony Gale: Memphis Depay would not be first-choice at Manchester United

by Sam Peoples

Sky Sports pundit Tony Gale believes PSV Eindhoven winger Memphis Depay would not be first-choice at Manchester United if he was to join the club.

Depay, who has been the subject of an official enquiry by Man United, helped PSV win the Eredivisie with a goal in their 4-1 win over Heerenveen last weekend.

Louis van Gaal is said to be keen on the player as they worked together with the Dutch national team at the 2014 World Cup.

However, Gale insisted that Depay would face a struggle to get in United’s starting XI given the form of players such as Ashley Young and Juan Mata.

Speaking about Depay, Gale said: ”I don’t think he’s one that would go straight into the team with the wide players that they’ve got at the club.

“They’ve got Juan Mata, Antonio Valencia who can play there and Ashley Young who is in good form at the moment.

“So I think he’d be one for the future. I saw him play against Turkey and he was a little bit hit and miss. He would do the difficult things and then mess up the easy things.

“They very rarely got behind the defence in that game and they were very fortunate. Manchester United don’t need wide players, they need central players.”

Depay would undoubtedly represent a long-term investment for United as he has bags of potential but there is also no question that he has the quality to succeed at Old Trafford should he be called upon.

Young is 30 next season and may not have many more years at the top of his game while United will need strength in depth if they are to make an impact in the Champions League next season. Depay may not be a key player for United right away but he will eventually become a mainstay in the side for years to come.

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