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Advocaat says Depay might have to leave United

Fenerbahce manager, and former PSV Eindhoven boss, Dick Advocaat says that Memphis Depay might have to leave Manchester United in order to get regular playing time.

The 22-year-old attacking midfielder was left out of the squad for United’s game against Fenerbahce in the Europa League on Thursday (Fenerbahce won the match 2-1 after goals by Moussa Sow and Jeremain Lens). Advocaat, who coached Depay at PSV Eindhoven during his time in charge, said that he might have to leave the Red Devils in order to get regular minutes.

“The potential is there for him to be a good player,” Advocaat said. “You cannot lose that, he has the quality to be a top player, but the problem for him is that there are so many quality players in that squad.

“So for himself it is important to start playing regularly at the age that he is at – otherwise the way, I think, is that maybe he has to find another solution [club] because he is too good to sit on the bench. I still believe in him, he has the right mentality, the right character to play for United, but there are so many options there. Regular playing time will help his progression.”

Depay, who was brought in from PSV Eindhoven last summer for a reported fee of £25 million, has only made seven appearances in all competitions this season for United. His only start came in the EFL Cup game against Northampton.

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