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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Are Manchester United failing in this summer’s transfer window?

It is no secret that Manchester United have missed out on a number of their transfer targets this summer, but are they failing by not adding players they so desperately need in this window?

United have added some world class players to their squad, there is no doubting that, but they have also missed out on some high caliber names, which could arguably be the difference in mounting a strong title challenge and waiting another season.


Players signed (as of August 24, 2015):

– Sergio Romero – Free
– Matteo Darmian – £12.7m
– Morgan Schneiderlin £25m
– Bastian Schweinsteiger £14.4m
– Memphis Depay £31m


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Louis Van Gaal’s side have started the new Premier League season with two 1-0 wins and a 0-0 draw, but the Dutch manager is still rumoured to be looking to strengthen his squad before next Monday’s deadline.

Strengthening the defence as well as the attack appear to be absolute necessities if United are to challenge for the title this year, but with just a week to go in the summer transfer window, the club have missed out on almost as many key targets as those who have signed.

United were heavily linked with moves for FC Barcelona’s Pedro, who has ended up signing for Chelsea, Real Madrid’s Sergio Ramos, who has signed a new five-year contract with Los Blancos and Nicolas Otamendi, who has signed for fierce rivals Manchester City.

Despite talk of needing a world class centre-back, Van Gaal’s side haven’t conceded a league goal in their opening three games. But there are many who believe the Red Devils need a new striker as Wayne Rooney has now gone 858 minutes without scoring a Premier League goal and is struggling in the lone striking role this term.

Van Gaal has insisted he does not need a striker and is happy with his options, as reported by ESPN.

“I have a lot of options. I have chosen Chicharito [Hernandez], because he is another type from Rooney, and we have also Fellaini, who is another type, then I have Wilson and Januzaj, so I don’t think we need a striker.”

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Speculation will continue to mount regarding whether or not United need another attacking option the longer their goal scoring troubles go on in league play. With seven days remaining in the transfer window there is still plenty of time for potential deals to go ahead, but United may be ruing missed chances at this stage as panic buys could be on the way.

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.

Premier League Preview and Prediction: Manchester United vs Tottenham

Competition: Premier League – Manchester United vs. Tottenham Hotspur

Venue: Old Trafford – Saturday, August 8 – 12:45 BST (07:45 ET)

Match Odds: Manchester United 4/7 – Draw 3/1 – Spurs 5/1

Match Preview

The 2015/16 Premier League season kicks off at Old Trafford for the second successive year as Manchester United host Tottenham Hotspur in what should be an excellent opening game at Old Trafford on Saturday lunchtime.

Both teams come into the new campaign hoping to improve on last year’s fourth and fifth placed finishes respectively, with United looking to mount a serious title challenge and Spurs trying to break into that elusive top four once again.

The Red Devils have had a good summer so far, with major signings such as Bastian Schweinsteiger and Memphis Depay sure to excite supporters ahead of the new campaign.

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Louis Van Gaal’s side spent preseason in the USA, taking part in the International Champions Cup where they won three of four matches. Paris Saint-Germain were the only side to beat them and that was in their final preparation game so United must improve from that 2-0 loss if they are to start the new season with three points.

Spurs had a slightly strange preseason as it only really got going two weeks ago. A series of behind-closed-doors friendlies were followed by a loss to the MLS All-Stars before they travelled to Germany to take part in the Audi Cup this week. They finished third in that tournament after losing 2-0 to Real Madrid before beating AC Milan by the same scoreline over the course of Tuesday and Wednesday.

They only flew home on Thursday and will need to make sure they are fully prepared for what will be a huge early season test for last year’s League Cup finalists.

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United won the latest meeting back in March as they stunned Spurs 3-0 at Old Trafford with all three goals coming in the space of a 26 first-half minutes. The game at White Hart Lane ended 0-0 in December and Spurs will be looking to start the new season in style with three points here.

Team News

Manchester United will be without Marouane Fellaini as he serves the first of his three-game suspension, while Javier Hernandez, Anders Lindegaard and Marcos Rojo are all unlikely to make the squad as they struggle for fitness. David De Gea may start on the bench with Sergio Romero likely to be handed a first start in goal. Bastian Schweinsteiger may not make the starting XI as he battles match fitness concerns. Wayne Rooney is set to be handed a lone striking role, with Memphis Depay, Morgan Schneiderlin and Matteo Darmian set to make their league debuts for United.

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Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has a goalkeeping problem to address of his own ahead of the opening game. Hugo Lloris returned from a wrist injury to come off the bench against AC Milan on Wednesday night but might not be fit enough to play 90 minutes, so Michel Vorm will be waiting in the wings. Andros Townsend, Ryan Mason and Alex Pritchard are all struggling with fitness and will unlikely make the trip.

Key Points

Manchester United’s preseason form: W/W/W/L

Tottenham’s preseason form: L/L/W

Key Stat: Tottenham have won two of the last three games between the two at Old Trafford – their only two victories in the last 29 meetings at United.

Key Player: Wayne Rooney – It’s a huge year for the United captain as he will be given the chance to shine as a striker once again. He will want to start the season with at least one goal and can be expected to put in a fine performance.

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Score Prediction

Manchester United 2-1 Tottenham Hotspur – Tough to see United slipping up as they did in last year’s opener to Swansea. Spurs may suffer from their late preseason preparations and might just come up short against a United side full of expectations for the season.

PHOTOS: Exclusive images of United training in Seattle, new signings featured

Manchester United start their preseason campaign on Friday night with their first International Champions Cup match taking place in Seattle against Club America.

The Red Devils then fly out to California to face the San Jose Earthquakes, before key games against FC Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain.

New United signings Memphis Depay, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Morgan Schneiderlin and Matteo Darmian all made the trip to the United States, along with David De Gea despite ongoing exit talks.

Check out all of those players in action as our North American photographer Denise McCooey watched United train at the Seattle Seahawks’ Virginia Mason Athletic Center – the second largest training facility in the NFL:

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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?

Premier League Preview and Prediction: Crystal Palace vs Manchester United

CompetitionPremier League – Crystal Palace vs. Manchester United 

VenueSelhurst Park – Saturday, May 9 – 17:30 BST (12:30 ET)

Match OddsCrystal Palace 16/5 – Draw 5/2 – Manchester United 17/20

Match Preview

Crystal Palace host Manchester United on Saturday evening as the Premier League season is drawing to a close. Palace have the chance of making United’s chase for Champions League football come under pressure if they can take something from this tie.

Alan Pardew‘s side have hit a sticky patch after losing three on the bounce. They had been on a four game winning streak but have been bought back down to earth and look likely to finish mid-table.

Last weekends loss didn’t come as too much of a surprise as they couldn’t halt Chelsea’s bid to become champions but their performance was spirited and they made it very difficult for their London rivals.

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Back at Selhurst Park it is a totally different type of game. Palace have made it difficult for sides to come away with all three points all season and have beaten some of the top sides in the league.

United won the reverse fixture and haven’t lost to Palace since 2011. Louis Van Gaal‘s side need to ensure they avoid defeat here with Liverpool chasing them down for the all important fourth place.

United come into the game off the back of last weekend’s loss at home to West Bromwich Albion. It was a difficult one for the Old Trafford faithful to swallow but things are looking up for next season despite the fact they have lost their last three on the bounce.

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Van Gaal has already started the summer rejig of his squad with the signing of Memphis Depay and he must make sure they finish in the top four to ensure he can attract the biggest names for next season.

This should be an interesting tie packed with action and it could play a pivotal role into how the Premier League table ends up.

Team News

Crystal Palace have three injury concerns. Former Manchester United player Frazier Campbell, Marouane Chamakh and Jerome Thomas are sidelined. Pardew will be relying on his speedsters, Dwight Gayle and Yannick Bolasie, to provide and entertain as usual.

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Manchester United’s injury woes continue as six could be set to miss out. Van Gaal is facing the prospect of playing this one five of his defenders absent. Marcos Rojo, Rafael, Luke Shaw, Chris Smalling and Jonny Evans and Michael Carrick are all unavailable.

Key Points

Crystal Palace’s last five: W/W/L/L/L

Manchester United’s last five: W/W/L/L/L

Key Stat: Defensive woes – Louis Van Gaal only has one fully fit defender ahead of this tie in the shape of Phil Jones and his side could be easily exposed given Palace’s attacking talent.

Key Player: Yannick Bolasie – The Congolese winger will be looking to continue to impress and finish his great season on a high.
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Score Prediction

Crystal Palace 2-2 Manchester United – A real end-to-end affair with Palace to upset United and pile the pressure on the Red Devils in their final two games.

United suffer MAJOR blow in chase for no.1 transfer target

Manchester United have been dealt a major transfer blow as Real Madrid star Gareth Bale is unlikely to leave the club this summer, his agent has claimed.

United made their first move of the summer by agreeing to the signing of PSV Eindhoven’s Memphis Depay on Thursday in a deal worth around £25 million and the Daily Express are reporting that Louis Van Gaal will spend £200 million more to bolster the squad, with Bale at the top of the shortlist.

Though the former Tottenham attacker’s agent, Jonathan Barnett, has told Sky Sports that a move away from Madrid is not on the agenda.

“Why would he look to go elsewhere?

“Real Madrid are the number one club in the world. There’s always interest in him – but as far as we are concerned he’ll be at Real Madrid next summer,” he said.

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Bale has scored 13 goals with eight assists in 29 league appearances this season but that’s not as productive as last term as the Welshman netted 15 goals with 13 assists in 27 league games in his debut campaign in Spain.

Van Gaal sees Bale as the man to fire United back to the top of the Premier League but the Red Devils are also said to be chasing the signatures of Mats Hummels, Nathaniel Clyne, Ilkay Gundogan and Edinson Cavani as it looks set to be a busy summer at Old Trafford.

Do Manchester United need to sign Gareth Bale to have any chance of winning the Premier League next season?

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?