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Former United boss Van Gaal gives verdict on possible Memphis Depay transfer to Barcelona

Memphis Depay has been heavily linked with a transfer from Lyon to Barcelona ever since Ronald Koeman became the manager at Camp Nou.

Former Manchester United manager, Louis van Gaal, says there will be a ‘question mark’ over Memphis Depay if he joins Barcelona.

He’d know, of course, having signed Depay after getting the United job and seeing him flop under his control.

“There’s always a question mark,” Van Gaal told Tuttomercatoweb. “Depay is an interesting player, especially when he’s free to play. But we have to consider adapting to a new culture and a new team. And the first year is always the hardest. Look at [Matthijs] de Ligt, or Frenkie de Jong.

“Depay has talent, but he’s not Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo.”

That’s something for us all to consider with the arrival of Donny van de Beek too.

Even though Depay was a disaster at United — such a drop off from the form he showed the previous season in Holland — I never felt he was a rubbish footballer.

There’s a star in him but it needs to be nurtured.

Maybe he came to Old Trafford too soon in his career, but saying that I don’t think he’s what Barcelona need and find the links surprising. Their business has been extremely questionable in recent years so you could say it’s surprising that I am surprised?

In his only full campaign with United he was excluded from the FA Cup final squad and he made just one start for José Mourinho before leaving for Lyon.

Depay made 28 starts and 25 substitute appearances for United.

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