Big-money flop advised to leave Manchester United to save career


Memphis Depay has been told by one of his former managers that he may have to leave Old Trafford to fulfil his potential.

Dick Advocaat was speaking as Fenerbahce manager ahead of tonight's clash with the Red Debils in the Europa League.

Depay was not included in Jose Mourinho's 21-man squad for the game amid reports that the Dutch youngster has failed to impress him in training.

Advocaat, who gave the 22-year-old his debut at PSV Eindhoven, said that the player may have to leave Old Trafford to play more games and fulfil his potential.

“The potential is there for him to be a good player. You cannot lose that, he has the quality to be a top player, but the problem for him is that there are so many quality players in that squad," said Advocaat.

“So for himself it is important to start playing regularly at the age that he is at – otherwise the way, I think, is that maybe he has to find another solution [club] because he is too good to sit on the bench. I still believe in him, he has the right mentality, the right character to play for United, but there are so many options there. Regular playing time will help his progression.”

Depay's only start for Manchester United this season was against Northampton in the EFL Cup, though he has made a number of appearances from the bench.

The highly-rated youngster was signed from PSV for £25m in the summer of 2015.