Friday, 2 December 2016

'I warned Memphis against Man Utd!' - Eljero Elia

The Feyenoord winger called on his fellow Netherlands international to use a club such as Tottenham as a stepping stone, but saw his advice fall on deaf ears.

Memphis Depay was warned against a move to Manchester United, where ‘the pressure is so high, by Netherlands international colleague Eljero Elia.

The 22-year-old completed a switch to Old Trafford in 2015, with a high-profile transfer made on the back of a productive campaign with PSV Eindhoven that saw him finish as the Eredivisie’s top scorer.

Big things were expected of Depay, with fellow Dutchman Louis van Gaal considered to be the ideal coach to bring the best out of him.

Things have not gone according to plan for the forward in England, though, with a slow tumble made down the United pecking order.

It has been suggested that he could be on the move in the January transfer window, with a loan deal mooted in an effort to rebuild his confidence and get a promising career back on track.

This situation could have been avoided, though, had Depay heeded the advice of a countryman and used a different club as stepping stone to a bigger trade in the future.

Elia told Helden Magazine: “I thought Memphis first had to make a stop, first choose a club like Tottenham Hotspur.
“United are so big, the pressure is so high.

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“He had to immediately make an impact at such a club, while everyone would watch him.

“Memphis accepted my opinion, but said, ‘I’ll try to give my all and I’m confident that I can succeed there.”
Depay has been restricted to just 20 Premier League minutes this season, and 10 appearances in all competitions.

His most productive outing of the 2016-17 campaign to date came in the colours of his country, with two goals netted in a World Cup qualifying clash with Luxembourg during the recent international break.

Everton have been heavily linked with an approach for his services in January, with Ronald Koeman admitting that he would ‘like to have’ a fellow Dutchman on his books.

MAN UNITED NOT GOOD ENOUGH TO FINISH TOP FOUR - Harry Redknapp

Harry Redknapp sees the Red Devils missing out on qualification for next season's Champions League as they continue to underwhelm under the guidance of Jose Mourinho.

Manchester United are unlikely to finish inside the Premier League’s top four this season, according to former Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp.

The Red Devils have struggled for consistency since the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson in 2013, failing to challenge for major titles over the last three years.

In the wake of Louis van Gaal's departure at the end of last season, Jose Mourinho was appointed to lead a new-look side in a challenge for the league title, but the Portuguese has so far not had he desired impact.

United booked a spot in the EFL Cup semi-finals with a 4-1 win over West Ham on Wednesday night, and are closing in on a place in the second round of the Europa League.

It is, however, their top-flight struggles that have dominated the headlines and seen the greatest level of scrutiny placed on Mourinho and his under-performing troops.

A run of one win in seven league games, with four straight draws on home soil, has United well off the pace in the title race and eight points adrift of the Champions League spots.

Redknapp believes a side that has offered little cause for optimism thus far will end up missing out on a seat at continental football’s top table – unless they end up winning the Europa League and qualifying through that route.

He told Betsafe : "Man United aren't good enough at the moment, I look at the team and it doesn't excite me.
"Man United will do well to make the top four this year.

“They will finish in top six but I don't know if they will make the top four.”
United could start to close the gap on the Premier League’s leading pack before the end of the calendar year, but have a couple of testing fixtures on the horizon.

Everton have not been in the greatest form themselves of late, but they can be expected to raise their game for United's visit to Goodison Park on Sunday.

The Red Devils then complete their Europa League group stage schedule against Zorya Luhansk before welcoming Tottenham to Old Trafford on December 11.

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