Louis van Gaal has dropped a major hint that he is ready to hand Memphis Depay his first Manchester United start since the Boxing Day defeat to Stoke.
The winger has endured an indifferent first season at Old Trafford since his big money summer switch from PSV Eindhoven, with plenty of criticism aimed at both his attitude and performances.
However, the Dutchman caught the eye by setting up three goals in a 7-0 midweek win for United Under-21s against Norwich and Van Gaal thinks the trip to Sunderland could be a good opportunity to reintroduce him to the line-up.
”It is for him a very good match because he could raise his confidence,” Van Gaal said of the £25million summer signing.
”He had three assists and the fans’ reaction was enthusiastic (towards him).”
Will Keane scored five times in the game and he has been rewarded with a place in the squad. The 22-year-old striker was recalled from a loan spell with Preston North End last month and looks set for a place on the United bench.