In Brazil, Depay was excellent for Holland and wouldn’t have been short of offers if he had chosen to leave PSV.
Instead, the 21-year-old remained with PSV and that decision has certainly been vindicated given that Depay now has 22 league goals to his name, has won the Eredivisie title and earned himself a move to Manchester United.
“He is different,” Depay said about Van Gaal.
“His performance on the training ground is different from other trainers. After the World Cup he told me to stay hungry and I told myself to stay hungry.
“When I made the decision to stay I wanted to be champion and top scorer. I set those goals and I hope to achieve them. It will be great to have an opportunity to train with him and work with him.
“I made the choice to stay an extra year together with my manager at PSV and the people around me. It was a good choice, I think?
“We became champions in the Dutch league and with one more game left I can become top scorer. That’s a good choice, yeah?
“I have learned more every day. It is to do with how many games you play and how many situations you face on the pitch.”
Van Gaal is the perfect coach for Depay. In a foreign environment, it will be a way for him to feel settled straight away and Dutch compatriots Robin van Persie and Daley Blind will help in that regard as well.
You can feel the expectation slowly building among Man United fans over Depay as there has been a palpable buzz since a deal for him was announced. That excitement will only continue to grow up until he makes his debut for the club which is likely to be during the pre-season tour.