WAYNE ROONEY has revealed Memphis Depay responded to his words of advice over his behaviour at Manchester United – by donning red leather and a cowboy hat.
Rooney has experienced first-hand the change of a football dressing room from being run by iron discipline to a more softly softly approach.
But by the end of his career at Old Trafford the game had changed with players for more sensitive to criticism from their bosses and footballers indulged more than they have ever been.
And one of the new breed of rich young players in the modern game was Dutch international Depay, who arrived at Old Trafford with a big reputation and even bigger ego.
Rooney, by that stage one of the more senior players in the United dressing room, decided it was time to give a few gentle words of advice to Depay.
Rooney and Depay enjoy a rare moment of happiness but the Dutch winger ultimately proved a major disappointment at UnitedThe DC United forward told the Mail: “He came on at Stoke away, and he messed up for their goal and he only played 15 minutes, so Van Gaal told him he was playing for the reserves the next day.
“So after the game I just said: ‘Look, it’s going to be a bit difficult for you. Just don’t come in with all your fancy stuff.
“The reserve game was at Altrincham’s ground and he turned up for it in his Rolls Royce, wearing a red leather jacket and a cowboy hat.
“And I just thought: ‘What’s the point.’”
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While other players who like to express themselves with cars and clothes off the pitch have still been able to perform, ultimately Depay was never up to the job.
Having been named as one of the best young players in the world in 2015, United splashed out £25million to sign him from PSV Eindhoven.
But the winger failed to make any impact in the English game, making just four appeareances in his second season at Old Trafford before being offloaded to Lyon for a £10m loss.