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Memphis Depay must start showing his class, warns Louis van Gaal

By Staff Reporter

Louis van Gaal admits Memphis Depay has not lived up to expectations since his £25m move to Manchester United.

With Wayne Rooney, Anthony Martial and Marouane Fellaini unavailable, Van Gaal could ask Depay to lead the line for United at Watford.

Should he be restored to the starting XI, it will be the first time Depay has started a Premier League game in seven weeks.

Earlier this summer, Van Gaal hailed Depay as the "greatest talent of his age", but the Dutch forward has looked nothing like the man who topped the Eredivisie scoring charts with 22 goals for PSV Eindhoven last season. When asked if he expected more of his compatriot, Van Gaal said: "Of course, because otherwise he was still in the team.

"Otherwise I don't look for another solution and (that is why) I have kept Jesse Lingard and Andreas Pereira, for that option."

Depay's confident persona is said to have not gone down well with some at United, but Van Gaal insists the forward is applying himself correctly in training.

"Now he has to fight back and he does it, so I am satisfied (with him)," Van Gaal said.

"There is always a chance (he will play on Saturday). I have to see and compare players."

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