Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has reportedly warned fellow Dutchman Memphis Depay to either adapt to the Premier League soon if he is to remain at Old Trafford or end up like South American pair Radamel Falcao and Angel Di Maria.
Falcao and Di Maria only lasted one season at United having both failed to adapt to England’s top flight.
Van Gaal believes Depay has “a lot of quality” but is not yet fitting in with the team’s philosophy since his arrival from PSV this summer.
“Some players cannot adapt to the team philosophy. That you cannot know in advance. You have to see that. Because you see a lot of qualities in a player, but Depay has to put that quality in service of your team.
“That also happened with Di María and Falcao – both great players but you have to fit in with the philosophy. Not only with Memphis, with every player that we have bought.
“Do I still believe in him? Of course.
“The problem with young players is they are not consistent. That you have to learn. We have to give him time.” Van Gaal is quoted as saying on the Independednt after the 3-0 win at Goodison Park on Saturday.
Di Maria who arrived from Real Madrid for a British record fee was sold to Paris Saint-Germain this summer while Falcao’s loan from Monaco ended and United decided against offering him a permanent deal.
Louis van Gaal’s men sit third in the table, two points behind Manchester City, who they play next weekend.