first_imgCheck out lots of brilliant Manchester United statistics on WhoScored.comThere is always a risk that comes with a Premier League side signing a player from the Eredivisie. For every Ruud van Nistelrooy, see Afonso Alves. For every Luis Suarez, see Mateja Kezman. For every Christian Eriksen, see Jozy Altidore. Players arriving from the Netherlands almost always seem to either excel or disappoint. Memphis Depay is the latest to have been linked with a move to England’s top tier, and his performances for PSV Eindhoven suggest he would go the way of Van Nistelrooy, Suarez and Eriksen should he make the move.Only Luuk de Jong (7.95) and Edouard Duplan (7.93) have gained a better WhoScored.com rating in the Eredivisie this season than Depay (7.83). His form this campaign has seen a number of teams across the continent show an interest in the young attacker, with Manchester United supposedly frontrunners to secure his signature and for good reason. “If you compare him to a young Cristiano Ronaldo at the same age, then Depay has more strings to his bow. I like him better,” former United scout Ed van Stijn recently said of the PSV star.United have become tiresome to watch under Louis van Gaal and an injection of excitement is exactly what they need if they are to re-establish themselves as the best in England. Depay certainly boasts the ability to bring supporters to their feet with his average of 2.7 dribbles per league match bettered by only one player in the Eredivisie this term, reinforcing the 21-year-old’s WhoScored.com strength of ‘dribbling’.This return is better than every United player, with summer arrival Ángel Di María closest to matching that. The Argentine has underwhelmed since his move to Manchester, in part due to Van Gaal’s insistence on either playing the club’s record signing out of position or the Dutchman’s continued use of a 4-3-1-2 formation. Should Depay move to Old Trafford, it’s likely Van Gaal would have to alter his approach in order to get the best out of his compatriot.Each of his 22 league starts under Phillip Cocu this season have come on the left wing in a 4-3-3 formation. Van Gaal has been reluctant to use a lone striker this campaign, instead partnering Robin van Persie and Falcao up front, with mixed results. With that in mind, Van Gaal would need to alter his approach in order for Depay to excel in England. The young attacker thrives when starting on the left, before cutting onto his right foot and going for goal, with his dribbling ability aiding him when he receives possession.This tack has helped Depay net more league goals (16) than any other player in the Eredivisie this season. An average of 5.4 shots per game indicates that he is confident in his ability to go for goal, with Cocu demanding Depay does so wherever possible. Again, though, Van Gaal would need to alter his game plan to game to allow the PSV star to thrive.The former Netherlands boss favours more patient build up play when going forwards, which has limited Falcao’s influence in attack. The United manager previously admitted fans will not see the best of his team until next season, but the performances of his side this term are cause for concern. The acquisition of Depay, though, may reinvigorate United as they look to return to the summit of English football.His unpredictability in wide positions and goalscoring ability from the wing would appeal to any team, but working under a manager who handed him his international debut perhaps puts United at the head of the queue. Should the former Premier League champions convince the Dutchman to leave Eindhoven for Manchester, they will have in their possession one of the brightest talents in Europe.For more stats on reported Manchester United target Memphis Depay, click here to view his WhoScored.com player page. Memphis Depay in action for PSV Eindhoven 1last_img

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