Memphis Depay reveals unhappiness with bit-part role at Manchester United
Memphis Depay has dropped the biggest indication yet that he is unhappy over a lack of game time at Old Trafford.
The winger joined United from PSV Eindhoven in July 2015 for a reported fee of £29m, but is yet to find his footing in English football. Since Jose Mourinho took change of the Premier League giants, the 22-year-old has featured just five times for the first-team, including just one start in the League Cup victory over Northampton Town.
Speaking to Metro Nieuws, Memphis said: “A support role is not for me. I’m not a player who is happy with the fact he is under contract with Manchester United.
“I feel like a loaded gun. I’m ready to play, but to wait for my chance. This is my dream club, but I want to play. This is a man’s sport, it’s not as if I need to be comforted. I am still convinced if my abilities.”
However, under the management of Mourinho’s predecessor, Louis van Gaal, Memphis struggled to cement his place in the starting eleven and become a regular. But he still made 49 appearances under Van Gaal and scored seven goals.
270 - Siem de Jong (176) and Memphis Depay (94) have played a combined total of just 270 minutes in all competitions this season. Selected.— OptaJohan (@OptaJohan) 2 October 2016
Not the greatest of records, so Memphis should feel he has something to prove.
Memphis went on to add that he is enjoying training under the Portuguese manager: “The training sessions are going well, I’m sharp and fit, but that applies to everyone. The level has become higher. Jose Mourinho is a top coach.
“Mourinho has expressed his confidence in me. Personally, but also in the press, but I want to play. I am the same person I was when I went to United and I want to be on the pitch.”
But the reality of the situation is Memphis finds himself in the same position as any youngster trying to break into the first-team. It’s not happened yet, therefore, he needs to take each opportunity with both hands rather than flopping whenever played.
United fans expected more from Memphis. The start to his career in the Premier League has been a disappointed and that must change if he wants to remain at Old Trafford.