Van Gaal defends Memphis Depay after his Holland snub

SoccerBy Kevin Palmer
Depay has "problems" to resolve
Depay has "problems" to resolve

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal giving his full backing to Memphis Depay after the youthful winger was left out of the latest Dutch national team squad.

Depay was a star turn in the Holland side Van Gaal guided to the 2014 World Cup semi-finals, but he has struggled to make a consistent impact since his move to United last summer.

Depay's exclusion from the 26-man squad could have been accelerated by an injury he has been carrying, yet national team boss Danny Blind hinted he had "problems" to resolve before he could return for national duty. 

"Depay fits qualitatively in the future of Dutch football, but it's just the way that other issues also play a role," said Blind.

"In the world of football you have to be able to function in a team and Depay does not always (do that)."

Van Gaal insisted Depay will bounce back from his latest disappointment.

"He is the greatest talent of his age," Van Gaal said. "He is only 21. That is an age where you cannot expect consistency.

"He is also in a phase of his career and he has to adapt to many things.

"I have expected this but I am also convinced he is coming back stronger than before.

"But we have to give him time like we have to give time to Anthony Martial when he is a bit lower in his shape but maybe Anthony Martial shall continue scoring goals and helping us to win the matches but I expect also that he shall have a bit of a dip in form."

Robin van Persie was another big name omission from the Dutch national team squad, amid suggestions that the former United and Arsenal striker may have played his last game at international level.