The Dutch Influence at Manchester United

From the minute Louis Van Gaal was appointed manager in May, Manchester United have been linked with almost every Dutch World Cup squad member – yet despite six players being recruited over the summer only one of them was a Netherlands player. Daley Blind has started this season very brightly and only cost £14 million which is a very modest price for a player of his quality and age. His performances so far have shown how quickly and easily players can adapt from Eredivisie football to the Premier League, and hopefully Blind’s performances has encouraged Van Gaal to recruit more Dutch players.

One of these Dutch players that could sign for United is Kevin Strootman, whose name is littered all over United transfer news at the moment, with a reported £32 million deal being close to completion, according to his agent. He is a young, powerful box-to-box midfielder who is rated very highly rated by Van Gaal so signing him seems to be a no-brainer.

There is another Dutch youngster who United must sign; 20 years old Memphis Depay of PSV. United really lack quality wingers, with all our main attacking midfielders preferring to play through the middle behind the striker, and this makes it very difficult for Van Gaal to implement a 4-2-3-1 formation. Also, United’s attack lacks pace, Di Maria is the only player who has any real amount of pace and when he was injured against Liverpool, Van Gaal opted to play James Wilson instead of Falcao in order to have some speed upfront. Depay has pace in abundance and can play on either wing, Van Gaal clearly rates him as he played him four times at the World Cup. 10 goals in just 13 appearances is an excellent return, add that to the two goals he scored in the World Cup and it is clear that he has a real goal scoring talent.

There is a long list of players who have joined the Premier League from the Eredivisie and excelled, Luis Suarez, Christian Eriksen and Wilfried Bony are a few examples. Based on his performances at the World Cup I am confident that Depay can join this list. Although signing wingers should not be United’s priority this coming transfer window, Memphis Depay would be a wonderful addition to the squad and with a release clause of around £18 million there should be plenty of funds left to secure other transfer targets. I believe that even if United somehow pull of a mega deal for Gareth Bale or Marco Reus, we should still sign Depay, as he looks a superb talent and there is nothing wrong with having more than one quality winger at the club.