Manchester United News: Wayne Rooney Reveals What He Really Thinks Of Memphis Depay

Memphis Depay, left, with Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney.
Memphis Depay of Manchester United, left, with his captain Wayne Rooney at Avaya Stadium in San Jose, California, July 21, 2015. Rooney has described Depay's season as "stop-start." Stephen Lam/Getty Images

Wayne Rooney could not play for England on Tuesday evening due to injury, which gave the Manchester United captain plenty of time to analyze the performances of one of his club teammates.

Working as a pundit for ITV, Rooney offered an honest appraisal of the form of Memphis Depay, who started on the wing for the Netherlands against England at Wembley in a 2-1 victory for the Dutch, but has largely disappointed since his move from PSV Eindhoven in the summer of 2015.

"He will be pleased to start", Rooney said of the winger. "He's had a stop-start season for Manchester United. This is a chance to show the quality he's got."

Depay joined his former Netherlands manager Louis Van Gaal at United surrounded by high expectations, but aside from performances in the UEFA Europa League against Club Brugge, in August 2015, and FC Midtjylland, in February, he has failed to impose himself in a United team that has struggled for consistency in attack.

Last week, Depay told reporters he felt "let down" by the support he had received in his first season at United, with his better performances generally reserved for his country.

Rooney, who told Manutd.com, the club's official website, on Tuesday that he should return to training from his knee injury in the next "week to 10 days," had kind words for another United team mate and Netherlands international, Daley Blind.

"He's a very good reader of the game. He will be the first to tell you he's not the quickest, but his reading of the game makes up for that. He's excellent with the ball."

In Rooney's absence, United has closed to within a point of rival Manchester City, which occupies the final UEFA Champions League qualifying place in the English Premier League.

Van Gaal's club next plays Everton in the Premier League on Sunday, April 3.