By Coral Barry
Louis van Gaal has leapt to the defence of Memphis Depay after he was dropped from the Holland squad today.
The £25million United summer signing was seen as the future of the Dutch national side but he has paid the price for a poor run of form for club and country and will not be involved in November friendlies against Wales and Germany.
Holland manager Danny Blind, father of United player Daley Blind, has slammed Depay for his lack of team-work.
“In football you must also function in a team – and he doesn’t always do that,” explained Blind senior. “I told him that when I called him to say he wasn’t in the squad. It’s something he has to learn.”
However, Van Gaal has thrown his support behind the young winger, who has scored only one Premier League goal since joining from PSV Eindhoven.
“I have said he is the greatest talent of his age but he is only 21 and you cannot expect consistency,” Van Gaal said ahead of United’s Champions League clash against CSKA Moscow tomorrow.
“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 Martial when he is a little bit lower in his shape.”