Louis van Gaal has added to the mounting pressure on young Memphis.
The winger has been warned to shape up or follow Angel di Maria out of Old Trafford, according to Steve Bates of the Sunday People.
Argentinian star Di Maria signed a five-year deal with Manchester United for a transfer fee of £59.7 million, the fifth most expensive transfer of all time and the highest fee ever paid by a British club to date. But he only managed to stay at Old Trafford for a year before being sold to French side Paris Saint-Germain for a £15m loss.
The brazen attitude and flash lifestyle of Memphis has raised eyebrows at Old Trafford, with assistant manager Ryan Giggs recently having a word with him.
And Van Gaal has confirmed that Giggs has indeed been in the 21-year-old’s ear.
“Ryan has already given advice to him but the player is responsible for his own deeds,” said Van Gaal.
“You have to give respect to your team philosophy. We have seen that some players cannot adapt to the team philosophy. You cannot know in advance before you buy them. You have to wait and see.”
That’s when Van Gaal cited the case of the 2014 Champions League Final Man of the Match.
“That happened with Angel di Maria and Radamel Falcao.”
When asked what Memphis needs to do to fulfil his potential, Van Gaal responded:
“I only discuss that with Memphis, not with you. Do I still believe in him? Of course. The problem with young players is they are not consistent. That you have to learn. We have to give him time.”
Memphis was an unused sub for Saturday’s 3-0 win at Everton. After a bright start to his United career, he must now be feeling the weight of every pound of his £25m fee.
For what it’s worth, Southampton manager Ronald Koeman had some harsh words regarding Memphis’ persona upon hearing of United’s purchase, speaking of his days at PSV Eindhoven when Memphis was a youth player there:
“I always work with a list of five specific qualities: skills, tactics, physique, attitude, personality. I did not get any higher with my average ratings than 5.6 out of 10. And you know what brought the rating down most of all? The rating for his personality. It is only because of the fact that I could not go any lower than zero out of 10, otherwise I would have rated him well below that. “
And yet, it’s only October. This situation could still go in many different directions.