Manchester United currently have buyback clauses on Adnan Januzaj and Memphis Depay, reports say. The duo both failed to live up to expectations at Old Trafford, leaving for Lyon and Real Sociedad respectively.
Manchester United had high hopes for Januzaj and Depay when both players were strutting their stuff at Old Trafford.
Sir Alex Ferguson included Januzaj in the squad for his final game in charge of the club, a 5-5 draw with West Bromwich Albion in May 2013.
The Belgium international flourished under David Moyes, being the only shining light of the Scot’s disastrous 10-month reign in charge.
But, when Louis van Gaal came along, things went downhill.
Van Gaal never took to Januzaj, loaning the player to Borussia Dortmund despite handing him the No 11 shirt left vacant by Ryan Giggs’ retirement.
And the player was sold to Real Sociedad in July 2017 after Jose Mourinho decided to cash in.
Curiously, the Manchester Evening News say United have a buyback clause on the forward, who has impressed in Spain.
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And United also have the same clause on Depay.
The Netherlands international was signed by Van Gaal in 2015, with the Dutchman believing his compatriot had all the attributes to be a club hit.
But Depay faded after a bright start and was eventually sold by Mourinho in 2017 as well.
Both players could be signed easily by Ed Woodward this summer, particularly with the club on the lookout for a winger.
And Depay would seem the more logical of the two.
United players thought he was too flashy during his stint at the club, particularly when he turned up in a Rolls Royce for a youth game.
But he’s been in sensational form for Lyon ever since his arrival, establishing himself as one of the best wingers in Ligue 1.
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Speaking last year, however, the Dutchman slammed the Red Devils – and Van Gaal in particular.
“After a while, Van Gaal asked me to come to his office,” he said.
“He said that there was nothing wrong with my left foot and that the extra training with Giggs was nonsense. It’s all in your head, he also told me.
“That struck me. I mean, what could be wrong with trying to become a better player, with the help of a former top winger like Ryan Giggs?
“More and more I got the feeling I could do nothing good according to Van Gaal.
“Later Van Gaal came to me and told me I had to talk with a mental coach he personally knew.
“My answer was that I want to think about it. I was still confident that I would succeed at United, as soon as I was adapted to the higher level of football and my new life in England.
“Later on Van Gaal kept on saying that I needed to talk to that mental coach. It would benefit my focus and concentration level, he said.
“But I didn’t feel like talking to a stranger, also because I had my own mental coach since I was 12 already.
“After my third refusal to talk to that mental coach, Van Gaal didn’t speak to me for a long time. I think he’s finished with you when you don’t follow his advice.
“He kept putting me on the bench and at the end of the season he spoke to me again: to say that next year would be even more difficult to me, because United were going to buy new strikers.
“Before the last game of the season, the FA Cup final against Crystal Palace, he even put me on the stands. Like a teacher does at school to a naughty child.”
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