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Manchester United: Memphis Depay on Red Devils’ ‘wanted list’

Manchester United: Memphis Depay on Red Devils' 'wanted list' - Follow up

Barcelona and Netherlands attacker Memphis Depay is high up on Manchester United‘s ‘wanted list’ in January, according to journalist Pete O’Rourke.

The Lowdown: Depay linked with United return

The Dutchman spent two years at Old Trafford between 2015 and 2017, coming in with a big reputation but ultimately struggling to match expectations.

Depay scored just seven goals in 53 appearances for United, but he has shone for both Lyon and Barcelona in the years since leaving the club, racking up 147 direct goal involvements across the two European giants.

That – and a fall down the Barca pecking order this season – has led to the 28-year-old being linked with a return to the Red Devils, as Erik ten Hag looks to bring in attacking quality after the exit of Cristiano Ronaldo.

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Speaking to Give Me Sport, O’Rourke confirmed Depay could be United’s new striker, saying the versatile forward is ‘definitely’ going to be high on their list:

“Again, he can play that number 9 role which he has done for Holland, so he definitely ticks the box on that one.

“He’s probably relatively cheap and available at Barcelona as well, so again that’s another deal that United could do, so I think he’s somebody that will definitely be high on their wanted list.”

The Verdict: Is he good enough?

Depay could certainly come in and do a decent job for United, considering he has a record of 43 goals in 86 caps for the Netherlands and has been described as ‘extraordinary’ by Louis van Gaal.

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The question is whether or not United could do better than him, however, considering he turns 29 next month and has already struggled once in the Premier League.

If Ten Hag feels that Depay is the man to lead the line for him then he should be trusted, but there is a feeling that a younger signing with a higher ceiling could make more sense.

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