Fresh from capturing Bastian Schweinsteiger from the club he has been at all of his career, Louis van Gaal can claim another victory over his old club after Memphis Depay revealed that he snubbed the German champions Bayern Munich to sign for Manchester United.
The Daily Express are carrying quotes from Depay where the winger admits that once he spoke to Van Gaal, there was only one place he wanted to sign. From their report:
The Dutch winger joined United from PSV in a £25million deal earlier this summer.
Depay was one of the most sought-after players on the summer transfer market and has now admitted holding talks with several clubs – including Bayern – before choosing United.
And the 21-year-old says playing for Van Gaal – who he worked with in the Dutch national team – was a huge factor in his decision.
I only spoke to Louis van Gaal and he totally convinced me.
He told German magazine SportsBild: “There were discussions with nearly all the top clubs.
“And of course FC Bayern was one of them. But in the end Manchester United came out on top.
“I can’t say who the best coach in the world is. There are definitely a lot of good and well-known managers and Pep Guardiola is certainly one of them.
“But I only spoke to Louis van Gaal and he totally convinced me.
“He gave me the feeling that I was very important for him not only as a player but also as a person. And then it was clear that I would go to Manchester United.”