Memphis Depay’s Manchester United future is cloudy, but manager Jose Mourinho says he will afford the Dutch winger more game time if he chooses to ignore outside interest and stay at Old Trafford.
Despite a promising start to his debut season under former United manager Louis van Gaal, who oversaw the transfer of the highly-rated prospect from Dutch giants PSV, Depay has struggled for game time and form under Jose Mourinho.
Despite his struggles, Depay remains an in-demand talent in the Premier League, with Everton manager Ronald Koeman keen on bringing the winger to Goodison Park, alongside fellow Manchester United outcast Morgan Schneiderlin.
Koeman has already seen one bid for Schneiderlin rejected and his efforts to bring Depay to Everton may have already hit a hitch with Mourinho injecting fresh hope into Depay’s United career.
“We have a lot of players in Memphis’ position,” the United boss said to Fox Sports. “It is the one position where we are overbooked really.
“We have (Jesse) Lingard, (Henrikh) Mkhitaryan, (Juan) Mata, (Marcus) Rashford, sometimes (Wayne) Rooney, Memphis. We have a lot of players there. So it is not easy for anyone of them to play.
“I was informed by the club that there is a chance Memphis could leave. From a human point of view, I cannot stop him from leaving when he is not playing under me.
“If he is staying, I would be more than happy because he is a fantastic guy and a very good player. I feel so sorry that I am not giving him opportunities to play. A player of his age needs to be playing matches.
“If he stays with me, for sure, he will play some games because we have so many matches.”