Louis van Gaal can be a tough taskmaster at times but he knows how to boost a player’s confidence, we’ll give him that.
This may not relate to every single player he’s worked with over the course of his lengthy career but Van Gaal’s latest comments surrounding Memphis Depay will surely give the young Netherland’s international some much needed backing in the wake of a difficult spell.
The 21-year-old has only played one Premier League game in October, being assigned to the bench for the Everton and Manchester City clashes while not even being included in the squad for United’s most recent top flight match against Crystal Palace.
Having come to England with a huge degree of fanfare around him, Memphis has since been singled out as an under performer, even being excluded from the Netherlands’ latest international squad.
Despite this, Van Gaal has backed the youngster to come back stronger in a flattering appraisal of his talents.
“He is only 21 and in a phase of his career where he has to adapt to many things. I’m confident he’ll come back strong,” Football365 quote the United boss as saying.
“I have said he is the greatest talent of his age but he is only 21 and you cannot expect consistency.
“We have to give him time, like we will with Anthony Martial when he is a little bit lower in his shape.”
The Dutch boss will need him back to his best soon too because United’s performances of late have lacked the kind of attacking intent a player of Memphis’ style brings.
If he can step up, then United will be a lot closer to ending their three-game goalless streak, beginning with CSKA Moscow tomorrow night followed by West Brom in the league.
Rob Lyons, Pundit Arena