It is often said that when Man Utd are playing at their best, they are moving the ball back to front quickly, constantly in the attack and pouncing on mistakes. The best United teams have the ability to counter attack at lightening speed, score goals at will and get the ball to their attacking wingers who cross and create chances for their team mates as well as score goals themselves.
Certainly for too long last season United were often slow, laborious and frankly boring. The Red Devils weren’t playing anything like the team of old. The transition to Louis van Gaal’s style wasn’t ever going to be quick, but it felt like it would never happen.
However, as the season went on the improvement was evident in their style of play and the Red Devils were looking more like their old selves again.
But still something was missing and that was top wingers who can put the fear into the opposition with their pace, power and attacking threat. Now with the signing of Memphis Depay surely they will come good next season – it looks as though United have an attacking winger in place to allow them to get on the front foot again and back to their formidable best.
Depay will be the signing to do just that, the Netherlands international has all the qualities needed to succeed at the top level. He is just 21-years-old, already has 17 caps for the Dutch national team and has scored an impressive 39 goals in 80 games for PSV Eindhoven, including a league high of 22 goals last season. All very impressive for a man who is played out on the wing.
He may not achieve those type of figures in the Premier League in his first season, but ten goals is a total Depay will be capable of getting for the North West giants from out wide. Ten goals may not seem like a great deal, but it will make a real difference if your midfielders can contribute, too.
He is also a fantastic free-kick specialist, has lightening speed across the turf and along with his incredibly quick feet combined with his immense skill it is clear that Depay will be a handful for any defence.
The former PSV man has an abundance of quality and is the sort of player that United need in their team – he will add a dynamism to the United attack that was missing last season.
Van Gaal’s attack was a bit one-paced at times, and they struggled in the final third in a number of matches. Home defeats at the hands of Swansea and Southampton come to mind, but with Depay in the team there is little chance of a dimensional attack. He will be the difference in such matches, and he will make a huge difference to Van Gaal’s team and push the team towards that next level.
The next level will be challenging for the league and winning trophies, something the Dutchman will help the Red Devils achieve. He will contribute along with the other United signings to get back to their best and give them the injection of quality in the final third to create chances, score goals, win games and win trophies.