Memphis slipping to the sidelines?
Manchester United fans filled with excitement when news broke of the signing of Dutch golden boy Memphis Depay back in June.
But the 21-year old hasn’t quite taken to life at Old Trafford as he and everyone else at the club would’ve liked.
His eagerly anticipated start to the Premier League was peppered with promise, but was mostly clouded with disappointment.
The forward’s brilliant brace against FC Basel in the qualifying stage of the Champions League shows us what he is capable of, but it’s the only example so far.
Depay boasts only one goal in the Premier League so far, and since being subbed off at half-time during United’s 3-0 drubbing against Arsenal at The Emirates, has found himself on the bench.
Not only is the wide-man failing to weigh in with goals, but he has only contributed one assist to his new team so far this season, coming in United’s 3-0 win over Ipswich at Old Trafford last month in the Capital One Cup.
Reports last week had suggested that the young attacker had been getting a bit too comfortable with life in Manchester, on and off the field.
It is rumoured that the Dutchman treated himself to a night out in London, following his sides dismal display against The Gunners just hours before.
Earlier this week Red Devil’s boss Louis Van Gaal had warned his compatriot that he needs to buck up his ideas, to avoid falling to the same fate as United flops Angel Di Maria and Radamel Falcao.
“Ryan (Giggs) has already given advice to him but the player is responsible for his own deeds,” he said.
“You have to give respect to your team philosophy.”
Giggs found himself in a similar situation to Depay in the early days of his United career, with club legend Sir Alex Ferguson putting the Welshman in check, when the spotlight caused him to sway.
The pressure is on for the tricky winger, so can he turn it around and prove he deserves that iconic No.7 shirt?
By Dylan Smart (@dylansmart1995)