Manchester United’s struggling attacker Memphis Depay has now vowed to turn around his unimpressive form following a poor first season at Old Trafford.
The 22-year-old Dutch youngster also admitted that he has not yet live up to the £25 million price tag the Red Devils paid PSV Eindhoven during the summer, but is determined enough to keep working hard to change his fortunes and silent the critics.
“I haven’t yet lived up to everything people expected of me,” Depay said, according to a report published by Mirror.
“I will fight to show what I can do. I have a lot of expectations of myself, and it will come — confidence and experience will help.
“You have to learn from your mistakes and keep working hard to improve.”
The Dutch forward has managed to score just two goals in 20 Premier League appearances for Manchester United this season, but now find himself with lot more opportunity to impress with LVG’s main attacker Wayne Rooney out with injury for the next two months.
Rooney has remain the focal point of the United’s all attack, shouldering a large workload. That means a drastic re-moulding of the attacking line could be forced upon United.
The Red Devil’s attacking options lack much needed depth, as van Gaal made the same mistake of starting the season with only two recognised strikers. Manchester United, more than ever this season, urgently need to find a solution as soon as possible.
Meanwhile, Depay showed his promise early on this season and has already been utilised as a makeshift forward, meaning that it is a role he can cope up with. When the Dutch forward’s confidence is on high, his mercurial style can cause discomfort for defences, but he has only played 129 minutes in the past 10 matches, because of his silly mistakes and inconsistency. Not only that, some of his off-pitch incidents has been perceived as flashy ones by some.
The 22-year-old recently faced severe criticism from the frustrated fans for his shooting during the 3-0 victory over Shrewsbury on Monday.
United will need Memphis Depay at his best as they prepare for the Europa League second leg home fixture against Midtjylland tomorrow after having suffered a humiliating 2-1 defeat in the first leg.
Not only captain Rooney, goalkeeper David de Gea also remains doubtful as manager Louis van Gaal heads into the match with 14 players unavailable.