STATS: Is Memphis Depay offering enough to Manchester United?

When Manchester United splashed £25 million on Memphis Depay early in the summer, a sense of genuine excitement filled the air around Old Trafford. The Dutch winger was expected to bring an exciting array of attacking talents to the club but has he offered enough so far? Lewis Addley explores…

Memphis Depay’s incredible form with PSV Eindhoven last season left no real questions as to why Louis Van Gaal wanted to bring his compatriot to Manchester.

The Dutchman netted an impressive 22 domestic goals in 30 appearances in the 2014-15 Eredivisie campaign, but has only shown in glimpses the talent he possesses since his arrival at United.

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Depay has been a relatively quiet member of the United attack so far this season, so let’s have a look at his performances in numbers.

Depay Stats

Depay’s Premier League stats for the 2015/16 season (via Squawka)

The winger has scored just the one goal, has no assists and has created only four chances for his teammates so far this season in the Premier League.

If he was to continue at this current rate he would end the domestic campaign on five goals, without any assists and with just 19 chances created for teammates.

Now, obviously we aren’t suggesting he won’t register an assist over the whole campaign, as this is only based on his performance levels so far. But the statistics would suggest he will endure a difficult first Premier League season nonetheless.

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His shot accuracy of 44% doesn’t differ much from last season’s 47%, where his output was far greater, so no alarm bells are ringing in that department.

He created 60 chances for teammates last season, so has a lot of work to do to close the gap on that number, but it is early doors for Depay and he is playing in a more competitive side in terms of squad selection and arguably against far tougher defences in England.

A quiet first season in the Premier League for a new signing is not uncommon, but given Depay’s ability, more is to be expected from him. If he can produce the same levels as last season he could play a pivotal role in United’s chances of winning the league title this season.

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Premier League Preview and Prediction: Manchester United vs Newcastle United

Competition: Premier League – Manchester United Vs. Newcastle United 

Venue: Old Trafford – Saturday, August 22 – 12:45 BST (07:45 ET)

Match Odds: Manchester United 1/3 – Draw 4/1 – Newcastle United 8/1 

Match Preview 

Manchester United look to continue their 100% start to the new Premier League campaign when they host Newcastle in the early kickoff on Saturday.

United came out on top the last time the two met at Old Trafford in a convincing 3-1 win on Boxing Day last year. Newcastle will come into this game looking to end a three-game losing streak against the Red Devils, who completed the double over the Magpies last season.

Manchester United come into this game unbeaten in their last 5 league games, having taken maximum points from their possible six so far this season. They have won both games 1-0 this term, keeping solid clean-sheets in each game and look a solid unit.

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United have only lost two of their last 19 home matches, proving just how difficult it will be for Newcastle to take all three points from them this weekend.

Newcastle United have picked up just one point from their opening two games and come into this off the back of a 2-0 defeat away to Swansea. Newcastle will travel to Manchester hoping to improve on their poor away form which has seen them fail to win away from home in their last eight games. Newcastle have only won three of their last 23 games away from home so will be looking to improve this poor record come Saturday.

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Newcastle have only won once at Old Trafford in Premier League history – a 1-0 win in December 2013, though Manchester United have won six of the last seven meetings in all competitions other than that shock home loss and are favourites for this one.

Team News  

Manchester United defender Phil Jones is set to miss the game this weekend due to illness which should mean Daley Blind will continue to partner Chris Smalling at centre-back. Sam Johnstone should keep his place on the bench to back up Argentinian shot-stopper Sergio Romero as David De Gea’s future is still unresolved. Fellow Argentine Marcos Rojo is lacking match fitness but could be named on the bench for Saturday, while Marouane Fellaini is ruled out through suspension and will not return to action until August 30.

Newcastle United midfielder Moussa Sissoko remains a doubt due to a groin injury but should recover in time to start. Emmanuel Riviere remains out due to a knee injury, while Siem De Jong is expected to recover from his calf injury but not in time to feature this weekend. Paul Dummett remains sidelined through injury too, while Daryl Janmaat is suspended for the game due to his sending off at the Liberty Stadium against Swansea last time out. Florian Thauvin signed from Marseille on Wednesday and could feature, with Remy Cabella returning to France on a season-long loan deal.

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Key Points 

Manchester United’s form: W/W

Newcastle United’s form: D/L

Key Stat: There have been 17 goals in the last 5 league meetings between the two sides – an average of 3.4 per game.

Key Player: Memphis Depay – The Dutchman’s move from PSV has brought lots of expectation and in the opening weeks of the season we have seen the sheer pace that he possesses. His stunning midweek performance against Club Brugge showed just how clinical he can be in front of goal and he will be delighted with his two goals. He is highly creative and can be expected to cause Newcastle’s reshuffled defence a lot of problems this weekend.

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Score Prediction

Manchester United 3-1 Newcastle United – We can see this game being controlled from the off by Manchester United through their domination of possession. We feel that they have too much in attack for the Newcastle backline, which has had to be altered due to injuries and suspensions and that should see the hosts capitalise with a one-sided victory. Man United’s solid home form and Newcastle’s poor away form suggests this game can only go one way and that is a Manchester United win.

Louis Van Gaal suggests United fans will have to wait for £25m man to shine

Manchester United manager, Louis Van Gaal, has suggested that the Old Trafford faithful will have to wait for new signing, Memphis Depay to shine.

The highly-rated winger is tipped to become one of the best after yet another impressive season with PSV Eindhoven but Van Gaal, reported by the Express, expects his development to take time.

“I worked with Memphis during last summer’s World Cup with the Netherlands and he has great potential.

“The plan is to help him develop as a player, but we must all be patient. The Premier League is very different from any other league and it will take time for him to fully adapt to the pace and unforgiving nature of football in this country.”

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Depay has netted an impressive 22 goals in 30 Eredivisie appearances this season and his performances have filled United fans with enthusiasm.

It is early doors to suggest that the 21-year-old Dutchman can reach the levels of former United superstar, Cristiano Ronaldo, but the Portuguese international signed for the Red Devils aged 18.

Ronaldo’s development boomed at United and we could see a similar rise to the top if he is managed in the right way.

Will Depay make an instant impact or will Manchester United fans have to wait to see the best of him?

Is this £57m-rated United star on the way out of Old Trafford?

With the news today that Manchester United have secured the signing of Memphis Depay from PSV Eindhoven, Louis Van Gaal has already started his summer revamp of his current squad.

The signing of Depay, naturally a winger, could spell the end of Angel Di Maria‘s United nightmare after just one season.

It is no secret that Di Maria was linked with a move to Paris Saint Germain in last summer’s transfer window and that could be a likely destination for him next season if the French giants are willing to pay the huge transfer fee needed.

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The Argentine ace has featured 19 times in the Premier League for Van Gaal, scoring just three, but he has racked up an impressive ten assists in his debut campaign in England’s top flight.

In stark contrast Depay has netted 21 Eredivise goals and notched four assists in 28 appearances.

The fee for the 21-year-old is reported to be around £25-30 million and if United were to move Di Maria on they will make twice that amount as he is valued at £57.2 million by transfermarkt.co.uk.

Van Gaal is clearly expecting more from his forwards and this signing is a statement that he is eager to get his business underway early ahead of his first full summer in charge.

Could the signing of Memphis Depay mean Angel Di Maria is heading for the exit door?

Liverpool to HIJACK United’s move for £23.7m-rated starlet – report

Liverpool are set to hijack Manchester United‘s move for one of Europe’s hottest prospects, Memphis Depay, according to Fichajes.net.

The PSV Eindhoven starlet has been under the close eye of some of Europe’s biggest clubs and Manchester United were reportedly frontrunners for his signature, but Fichajes have reported that Liverpool are willing to pay up to £23.7 million to beat their Premier League rivals to the Dutch winger.

Depay has netted an astonishing 19 goals in 26 Eredivisie appearances this season and it is no surprise big clubs are chasing him.

Liverpool are heavily linked with losing their own young attacking star in Raheem Sterling, so Brendan Rodgers could see Depay as an ideal replacement.

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The 21-year-old Dutch international could however fancy a move to United to work under fellow Dutchman, Louis Van Gaal. Spurs are another side that are keeping tabs and were linked with a move last summer following an impressive showing at the World Cup in Brazil.

Depay could see more regular playing time at the Merseyside club due to United’s attacking depth, but he will also want to be featuring in the top level of European football, and as things stand Liverpool will not be playing in the Champions League next season.

Depay looks likely to be on the move this summer and the battle for his signing could be intense.

Who will win the race for Memphis Depay?