Friday 23 March 2018

Eamon Dunphy: Memphis Depay wouldn't get into Manchester City's reserve team

Memphis Depay reacts after missing a chance
Memphis Depay reacts after missing a chance
Ger Keville

Ger Keville

The new Premier League season may be just three games old but Eamon Dunphy has already ruled out Manchester United for the title, claiming they have "chronic" problems with a "spoofer" as a manager.

Despite having seven points on the board from their opening three games, with no goals conceded, Louis van Gaal's men have come in for some early criticism because of their inability to create chances.

The Old Trafford club have endured a torrid transfer window so far with players like Sergio Ramos and Pedro linked to the club but not signing on the dotted line.

For Van Gaal, this is a vital season as he bids to get United back dining at the top table not just in England, but in Europe too.

But Dunphy reckons that the Dutchman is not the man to do that, claiming he is a "spoofer" who lacks the knowhow to make the Reds a force once again.

"Manchester United have chronic problems," said Dunphy on tonight's Game On radio show on 2FM.

Louis van Gaal and Manchester United are struggling to get goals
Louis van Gaal and Manchester United are struggling to get goals

Dunphy argues that United's rivals City are already the team to beat with Chelsea and Arsenal also showing early season signs of poor form.

"They have a new Chief Executive, Woodward. They miss David Gill who was there with Ferguson for many years and got the business done.

"Woodward started off very badly when he paid £4million over the odds for Fellaini last year. It looks like he is a guy who likes to shave a lump of the price and gets gazumped.

"He is a marketing man and they have given him a job as head of one of the biggest sporting organisations in the world. It's like sending a kid into O'Connell Street and asking him to find his way across the road.

"All that stuff about Neymar and Ronaldo earlier on, that's just spin. I think Van Gaal is a spoofer. I said it on this show six months ago and I know that is a dangerous thing to say but everything I hear him say and everything he does with the team seems to be from a guy who is making it up as he goes along.

"They don't have near enough quality players. This young lad Januzaj might become a player but he is a bit lightweight. The new player Memphis is ok in the Champions League but he is raw. He is a million miles away from becoming a top player. He wouldn't get into Manchester City's reserve team.

"They gave Bayern Munich a gift of €20million (for Bastian Schweinsteiger). He wouldn't get in Bayern Munich's team, he only played 15 times last season. He is clearly struggling to get around the pitch and everyone is talking about him being exactly what Manchester United need."

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