Then, Koeman strongly suggested he could be the one to give it to him.
“I would like to have him,” Koeman said to Dutch TV. “I think he is an interesting player. He has great individual qualities. He just needs to play games.”
The 22-year-old Dutch winger was a hefty purchase by old Manchester United boss Louis Van Gaal, coming over from PSV Eindhoven in the summer of 2015 for a $37 million fee, but he has not even remotely backed that up. He scored just two goals and assisted one more in 29 Premier League appearances last year, seeing his playing time slowly diminish thanks to poor performances on the left. This year, he has just 20 Premier League minutes to his name.
However, Koeman is not the only Dutchman to back the young winger. Former Sunderland manager and current Fenerbahce boss Dick Advocaat said that a move could be beneficial to Memphis, who just needs to play but is crowded out at Old Trafford.
“It is important to start playing regularly at the age that he is at,” Advocaat said a week ago. “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.”
Sure, playing time would help any 22-year-old, but he has to earn it at Manchester United, and so far that has not happened.