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Van Hooijdonk: Someone Needs To Be An A*****e To Memphis

The former Celtic star is the latest Dutchman to add his two cents regarding the Memphis situation.

Pierre van Hooijdonk mas managed to concisely sum up the required approach to get the misfiring winger going again.

In contrast to Co Adriaanse’s harsh assessment of the 21-year-old, van Hooijdonk claims that current United boss Louis van Gaal needs to channel the ‘hairdryer’ ways of his predecessor Sir Alex Ferguson.

Ferguson was famed for the almost parental discipline of his young players, and in recognising the importance of harnessing the undoubted talent of Memphis, van Hooijdonk believes that a repeat approach is necessary before it’s too late.

“What to do with a guy like Memphis?,” the ex-Nottingham Forest star wrote in his column for Voetbal International, via the Daily Star.

“The national team coach knows he needs him in the future. It’s obvious that he has exceptional qualities. But he needs a type that says: Friend, act normal. Quit screwing around and start playing football. Someone needs to be an a**hole to him.”

Such an approach is not without it’s risks though, as Pierre duly points out.

“It’s possible that he will turn against you if you say something about his qualities or his behaviour. Worst case: he doesn’t run for you at all.”

Ultimately, it always comes down to the player in question, but the right approach from either Van Gaal or Netherlands boss Danny Blind could be rewarded tenfold.

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Author: Chris Kelleher

Student whose interests lie in sports ranging from Darts to MMA, with the likes of Golf, Boxing and Soccer in between. Closet wrestling fan and a lover of sports psychology and stiff jabs.