Depay may lead Old Trafford clear-out

LONDON • Memphis Depay wants to leave Manchester United just two years after joining for £25 million (S$43.3 million) from PSV Eindhoven, having been frozen out by manager Jose Mourinho.

Depay's only start this season came six weeks ago in the 3-1 victory against third-tier side Northampton in the League Cup.

He has made six substitute appearances, but was left out of the squad for Thursday's Europa League defeat by Turkey's Fenerbahce even though he was fully fit.

Depay, who has 25 caps for the Netherlands and was nominated for the best young player award at the 2014 World Cup, is convinced that he will get little playing time between now and the end of the season. Therefore, he is determined to leave Old Trafford in order to kick-start his career.

The 22-year-old's representatives are set to meet United's executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward in the coming weeks to inform him of their client's intentions.

Depay expects to leave on a six-month loan in January and accepts that he is likely to depart on a permanent basis in the summer.

According to The Telegraph, Depay is just one of eight players who will leave United over the next two transfer windows.

A total of 55 players entered or exited Old Trafford since Alex Ferguson retired in May 2013 but with managerial changes, the squad has been repeatedly overhauled.

Players whose United days appear numbered include defenders Marcos Rojo, Matteo Darmian and Phil Jones, reported The Telegraph. Midfielders Bastian Schweinsteiger, Morgan Schneiderlin, Ashley Young and Michael Carrick do not feature in Mourinho's long-term plans either.

THE TIMES, LONDON

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