Manchester United midfielder Memphis Depay has been omitted from the club's FA Cup Final squad. The 22-year-old Dutchman has endured an underwhelming first season in English football and his disappointment has been compounded by missing out on the showpiece occasion at Wembley Stadium on Saturday (21 May).
Depay has been in and out of the United side in recent months, and has now not been selected for the Old Trafford club's biggest game of the season. It is not yet clear, though, whether his omission is down to form or a new fitness concern.
The youngster joined United in a £25m ($36.2m) move from PSV Eindhoven last summer and was among the playing staff who arrived at United's training complex earlier on Friday (20 May). But after training without suffering any apparent last-minute troubles, Depay has been left out for the much-anticipated game at Wembley.
He will be joined on the sidelines by Cameron Borthwick Jackson and fellow Dutchman Timothy Fosu-Mensah, both of whom were also not part of the United travelling squad, according to The Mirror. However, it will be the omission of Depay that will raise the most eyebrows, as it comes amid rumours of him being sold this summer.
Depay has not scored a Premier League goal for United since November 25, in a 2-1 win at Watford. But the winger previously said he will stay at Old Trafford and fight for his United future.
"I'm in a new club right now, it's a different level [to the Eredivisie]. Such things are playing a big role and you're trying to find your way and it was a bit easy at the start but then I fell back and you could see it in the way I played," Depay shared.
"But you can assume that I'm busy with working on that and getting back to the top. I feel fit and I'm trying to show on the training ground that I'm doing my best to perform well. People are used to seeing me score and that shall also come, it just takes a bit longer now but you'll have to find that form again."