According to Bild, Wolfsburg are ready to offer Memphis Depay a way out of Manchester United.
The Dutchman arrived at Old Trafford from PSV Eindhoven last summer with a reputation as one of European football’s most exciting rising stars. However, he failed to find any consistency for the Red Devils in his debut term and has yet to start in the Premier League under Mourinho.
With that in mind, it’s little surprise that speculation is beginning to mount over a potential departure away from United. With the likes of Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial thriving from wide positions currently, it’s difficult to see quite how Depay will force his way into Mourinho’s first-team plans.
As we can see here, Depay has previously made it clear he doesn’t want to have a bit-part role to play at United, per the Daily Mirror (h/t Bleacher Report UK):
— B/R Football (@brfootball) October 5, 2016
It’d be a shame if he were to depart having failed to realise his potential, because there is a wonderful player in there to be awoken. Here’s a reminder of how good Depay was in his last season at PSV:
Mourinho may not be the right manager to harness Depay’s talent. The Dutchman requires freedom on the field to be at his absolute best, something at odds with the United boss’ demand that all players are defensively focused.
Depay seems aware that he has an important decision to make. At 22, his career is still in its infancy, and there’s still a lot of time for him to accomplish plenty in football. However, the longer he remains on the fringes at United, the more testing the route to the summit of the sport will be.