Memphis Depay admits he has been a flop at Man Utd

SoccerBy Kevin Palmer
Depay has failed to live up to his billing at Man Utd
Depay has failed to live up to his billing at Man Utd

Memphis Depay has admitted that he has been a flop in his first season at Manchester United, but has vowed to live up to his billing as ‘the best young player in world football’ in the near future.

United boss Louis van Gaal gave Depay that grand title as he signed the Dutch international from PSV for around £19m last summer, with the 22-year-old handed the iconic No.7 shirt that had previously been worn by Old Trafford greats George Best, Bryan Robson, David Beckham and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Depay’s first few months at United have been a tale of frustration and the midfielder confirmed at an Under Armour promotional event in London that he has struggled to adapt to pace of the Premier League.

When asked whether he maximized his potential at United yet, he admitted: “No, not yet. I know that and I will continue to fight for it. I expect a lot from myself, that is important, and the club and I are busy trying to improve it.

“I don’t want to put a date on it (when he will be at his best) but it will come, confidence will help, as will my experiences and learning from my mistakes.

“Belief in myself is also important. Those moments will come, I am focused on that.

“I have really had to change my game because in the Eredivisie I could do what I wanted as I had time on the ball, I played on feelings. In England, there is direct pressure so it’s hard.

“This has affected my game a little bit. Everyone can see I’m not scoring every game like I used to but I can feel it getting better and, as I get to know the league more, I feel better and my confidence is growing again.”

Depay went on to credit United assistant manager Ryan Giggs and club captain Wayne Rooney for being his mentors in his first season at the club, with a PR company blocking any questions about the future of Van Gaal.

“Ryan Giggs is a legend,” Memphis added. “The same with Wayne Rooney. He talks to me all the time and you can learn from these guys.

“He talks a lot with me and gives me advice to equip me. He has experienced everything already so he helps with all kinds of things, he works a lot with me.

“Working with him makes me even hungrier on the training ground, it makes me want to try new things.

“I ask him for advice because he's been there; he knows how to read the circumstances, how to handle situations. It is really inspiring and, at the same time, helpful.”