Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has warned Memphis Depay to adapt to his philosophy or risk ending up like Angel Di Maria.
The Dutch forward, who joined from PSV during the summer in a £31-million move, was left on the bench for United’s 3-0 win over Everton on Saturday following a number of disappointing performances. Memphis has made a modest start to life in the Premier League, and, despite a few impressive displays in the Champions League, has struggled to find the form that saw him star at the 2014 World Cup and help PSV to the Eredivisie title last season.
Memphis recently had a bust-up with Robin van Persie whilst on international duty and reports suggest that Van Gaal is not impressed with his attitude at United, though the Red Devils boss said that he “did not want to discuss” the player’s character.
The former Netherlands manager acknowledges Memphis’ unique “identity” but claims that he must learn to fit in at Old Trafford. He said: “Some players cannot adapt to the team philosophy. “That you cannot know in advance. You have to see that. “Because you see a lot of qualities in a player, but he has to put that quality in service of your team. “That also happened with Ángel di María and [Radamel] Falcao – both great players but you have to fit in with the philosophy.
Not only with Memphis, with every player that we have bought.” Di Maria left Manchester United in the summer following a hugely disappointing year in England, joining PSG for £44m – £15m less than United paid for him some 12 months earlier.