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Van Gaal: I will not give up on Memphis Depay

SoccerBy Kevin Palmer
Van Gaal hopes Memphis is ready to shine at last
Van Gaal hopes Memphis is ready to shine at last

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal insists he has not lost faith in Memphis Depay and backed him to come good after a troubled first season at Old Trafford.

Depay sparked into life as he enjoyed his best performance in United colours against FC Midtjylland in the Europa League on Thursday night, but he has been a big disappointment since his summer move from PSV Eindhoven.

Now Van Gaal is hoping his Dutch protege sparks into life in the final weeks of the season, as he also backed his youthful team-mate Adnan Januzaj to force his way back into the United side.

"I will not give up on Depay," said Van Gaal. “I don’t give up on Adnan Januzaj either, because I ­recognise their quality and their talents.

“But they have to cope with the Premier League and we help them every day to develop themselves so they can cope with the Premier League.

“There are moments when Memphis is good, but there are also moments when he is not so consistent.

“He has to take care of this consistency by making the right choices. Now, Memphis has to show it against Arsenal because Arsenal are another level.”

Meanwhile, there are fresh doubts over whether Wayne Rooney will play for United again this season after it was confirmed his knee is in a brace as he recovers from ligament damage.

Van Gaal has already confirmed that Rooney will miss England's next international meet-up at the end of March, amid suggestions that he faces a race against time to be fit for next summer's Euro 2016 finals.

"He has to first be ready for us not the English team," added Van Gaal. "We don't know when he will be ready to return."