Manchester United duo and international teammates Memphis Depay and Daley Blind have been frozen out by Manager Louis Van Gaal. Van Goal who until recently managed Netherlands has refused to start the duo since their return from international duty. While explaining the reason for dropping both players, Van Gaal was quoted by Sky Sports during an interview said “It’s not fun, but when you return from the international break like that, it’s going to be on your mind,”.
Alluding failure of the Netherlands team to qualify for Euro 2016, Van Gaal insinuated that the mental trauma of failure on the part of the players would affect their performance on the pitch. Truly since their return from the international break, both players have barely made it to the bench.
Opting for Ander Hererra and Phil Jones, United have gone on to win against Everton in their best of the season and despite the draw against City are right to be aggrieved by the result. Louis Van Gaal in justifying his action said “The other players did quite well, so I had no reason to change back”. This is true as Depay and Blind could drag back the team with their performance if selected and United cannot afford to drop points, especially as the race for the title heats up.
With the boss stating that the pair will have to wait for their chance, he must be mindful of the fact that limited play time will not do much for their morale and that there will come a time when they will be needed, and as such they must maintain form by having minutes on the pitch.