The Dutch manager has backed the 21-year-old despite poor performances resulting in him being dropped from the squad and subsequently the Netherlands international team due to a lack of regular game time with Man United.
Memphis has failed to find form at Old Trafford since his £25m transfer from PSV Eindhoven in May and struggled to adapt to life in the Premier League thus far.
The Dutch footballer, named as “Best Young Player” in the world in 2015 by France Football magazine, has all the talent and van Gaal clearly feels it is just a matter of time before he is
“I have said he is the greatest talent of his age but he is only 21 and you cannot expect consistency,” van Gaal told the press on Monday afternoon.
“He is at a stage of his career where he must adapt to many things. I’m convinced he’s coming back, maybe stronger than before but we have to give him time – like we will with [Anthony] Martial when he is a little bit lower in his shape.”
Some players – like Martial – take to the Premier League like a duck to water. Others – like Patrice Evra and Nemanja Vidic – take time to adapt to the rigours of English football. Unfortunately for Memphis, he’s found himself in the latter category but he’ll be afforded plenty of patience by fans and the club.
We’ve seen plenty of youngsters over the years take their time to settle but excel once they have. Time will tell if Memphis has the mental approach to succeed but he’s already shown the ability is there, it’s just a case of finding his confidence.