Memphis Depay 'defied' Manchester United orders to play in final PSV games

Netherlands international was advised not to play

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Memphis Depay has revealed he defied orders from Manchester United so he could play in PSV Eindhoven's final games of the season.

The Netherlands international agreed a £25m switch to Old Trafford at the start of May and will link up with Louis van Gaal's side for pre-season training.

Due to his transfer being secured so early, done so to ensure United beat PSG to his signature, Depay still had a couple of games to play for title winners PSV.

According to the 21-year-old he was advised by both Manchester United and PSV not to play in those matches for fear of injury that could complicate his switch to Old Trafford. However, we went against orders.

"I really wanted to play and for our coach (Phillip Cocu) it was not a big issue," he told the Dutch daily De Telegraaf.

"But PSV and Manchester United were not pleased. They both suggested that I sit out because of fear over injuries."


Depay said his desire to finish as top scorer in the Dutch league and help PSV reach a record points tally won the day. He achieved both in the last two matches, scoring a brilliant free-kick.