Memphis Depay could be set for a shock exit from Manchester United after failing to settle, reports from Off The Post reveal.
The Dutchman only signed for United in the summer for £25million from PSV, but after a promising start he seems to be finding it difficult to adapt to life in the Premier League.
The flying Dutchman
Memphis arrived at Old Trafford in the summer transfer window as a top buy and a new exciting player for Man United, as there were high expectations of him after his goal haul of 28 in the Eredivise for PSV last term. He was expected to be the much better replacement for Angel Di Maria, whose first season in the Premier League didn’t quite go as planned.
The 21-year-old started life in the English top flight positively, putting in some good performances along with a brace against Club Brugge in the first leg of the Champions League play-offs, and then in the return leg providing the assist for Wayne Rooney’s first of three goals.
He then scored again in the opening group stage game against his former club PSV in the 2-1 loss and in the following week bagged his first Premier League goal in the 3-0 home win over Sunderland where he opened the scoring. Following his early success in the Champions League he was labelled as United’s ‘European Danger Man’. Not a bad first month at Old Trafford for the youngster.
A change of events
However, although he made what looks like a great start to his United career, and becoming a big star in the team, Memphis told Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf “There are a lot of games in Manchester. There are very few rest days and on training days you are mainly concerned with recovering. It’s heavy, two games a week, always at a high level, and my body has to get used to that.”
These comments were swept aside by former player, legend and now assistant manager Ryan Giggs, who blamed Depay’s lifestyle as the reason for his drop in form. He isn’t the only one however, as his focus and lack of appetite to work for his team has led to him being criticised by many others, and it’s reported that some first team players are concerned with his attitude.
This isn’t helped by the fact that he failed to help the Netherlands qualify for Euro 2016, and he’s also had issues with the national side after apparently having a mismatch with Robin Van Persie. This saw him dropped from the Dutch team with manager Danny Blind – teammates Daley Blind’s father – another to criticise his behaviour and more worryingly his form.
Memphis De-bye? Or Memphis De-stay?
The winger is said to be wanted by Spanish giants Real Madrid – albeit with his continuing poor form – but they will have to offer a sum of no less than £64million.
He has also been dropped from the Red Devils’ squad in recent games following all the commotion of his displays and behaviour for club and country. Louis Van Gaal has openly revealed that he told him to continue his form and produce the goals more often so he doesn’t go down the same path that Di Maria did last season.
However, put aside all the drama and personal life of the attacker, he is a very good and very important player for United and can easily rediscover his form and cement his place back in the starting XI. Van Gaal needs to give him a clearer role in the team and when he signed him he should have bought him knowing what he would do.
I believe, and so do many other Man United fans, that Depay needs to be told what his full role in the team is, and that it’s not just to stay up the field and attack-attack-attack. He needs to continue to put in these dazzling performances yes, but at the same time contribute towards defending and getting back into his own half. Once he realises that then we will get back the young Dutchman that we once knew, and it will be the kick-start he needs.