Van Gaal demotes Depay to Manchester United Under-21s - and then watches him play
By North-west correspondent Alex Stevens
Louis van Gaal dashed to Old Trafford on Monday night to watch the Manchester United Under-21s in action – after demoting Memphis Depay.
The Dutchman was selected for his first-ever appearance for the development team after his calamitous error in Sunday’s Premier League clash against Chelsea.
Depay meekly surrendered possession during a swift break and the champions took full advantage by scoring a 90th minute equaliser through Diego Costa to snatch a 1-1 draw.
The 21-year-old was strongly criticised by United supporters for his sloppy play in the wake of what had been a fine performance by the visitors.
Depay has subsequently been named in Warren Joyce’s Under-21s team to face Norwich at Old Trafford on Monday night.
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The winger joins three fellow first-teamers in the side, with Sergio Romero, Adnan Januzaj and Phil Jones, who is making his comeback from an ankle injury, all selected.
They are joined by emerging stars Guillermo Varela, Andrea Pereira and Paddy McNair, who have all play for the senior side this season.