Louis Van Gaal has lifted the lid on Memphis Depay’s sudden transfer and revealed that United were pushed in to signing Depay because he knew that French giants Paris Saint-Germain were very close to signing the Dutch star.
Van Gaal has seen the player up close and personally for last 2-3 seasons and the veteran manager was in charge when Depay was given his world cup debut for the Netherlands.
Van Gaal hailed Depay’s exceptional goal-scoring abilities and stressed on the fact that he was forced in to jumping the transfer market because of sheer talent of Depay and advance interest from PSG. The manager also stressed on taking player’s minds off the transfer acitivity and focus on winning their next game.
Van Gaal said: “He’s a goal-scoring winger and there aren’t so many of them in the world, “[Lionel] Messi is one of those but now I think we have to talk about the game against Crystal Palace and we have to focus on this and the coming three games. That’s more important.
“I was forced to handle [the situation] as a manager because, otherwise, he was going to PSG, that’s why I had to sign him and we’ve done it within one day. But, for us, it’s better to focus on the game against Palace.”
“I want to do this [make signings] early but it’s not always possible,” he added. “When there’s a chance, to you have handle that and manage it directly and that was the case. I want to purchase players after our season and not during the season because it disturbs our concentration for the match.”
Quotes source – manutd.com