Mourinho backs Van Gaal's flop to bounce back at Man Utd

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Jose Mourinho has vowed to hand one of Louis van Gaal’s high profile flops a chance to make his mark at Manchester United this season, after he backed Memphis Depay to win over his doubters and emerge as a Premier League star.

Dutch international Depay failed to make his mark at United after his big-money move from PSV Eindhoven last summer, sparking suggestions he could be one of the first names taken off the wage bill as Mourinho reshapes the squad he has inherited at Old Trafford.

Yet it seems that Depay will be handed a chance to make his mark under Mourinho’s watch, as he offered up these words of encouragement ahead of United’s first game of the season at Bournemouth on Sunday.

“I want him to be part of my squad,” he said of Depay. “Last season was last season and I don’t want to go into that too much, but I know the players that I’ve watched.

“At the World Cup he was a very young kid and that was two years ago. I know the player and I watched him many times at PSV and having that player in mind, I want to keep him.

“I want to try everything and the way he is working is so good that for sure, we all believe that is possible."

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