When Manchester United signed “the next big thing in Europe” for £27m million, he was hailed as the “signing of the season” (even before the season began) by people and pundits alike. All the buzz surrounding Depay was largely due to his exploits for PSV. He was the top scorer in the Eredivisie in the 2014-15 season and there were high expectations from him. Depay was so popular among the top European clubs that Manchester United had to make sure they signed him even before the transfer window opened. He was signed by United in May itself because they did not want Paris Saint-Germain to hijack the deal. But that’s not all, Depay was even handed the iconic No.7 Manchester United jersey.Perhaps United were hoping Depay would emulate some of the other players they signed from PSV – Ruud Van Nistelrooy and Park Ji-Sung. But fast forward 6 months and Depay is leading the race for the “worst signing of the season.” He has already been labelled a “flop” by the media and the fans alike and if given a chance both Manchester United and Depay would wish that this transfer never happened.

Manager Louis Van Gaal has already received a lot of flak for the way he manages the United team and now a Dutch fitness expert believes that Depay’s introduction to the Premier League hasn’t been managed well. United have been accused of overworking Memphis Depay and failing to acclimatise the winger to the Premier League.

Dutch fitness coach Raymond Verheijen has accused that Depay’s conditioning has not been properly managed by Manchester United even though the Dutchman has spent more time on the bench than on the field.

”If you look at Memphis Depay, you can use an objective reference, in this case, a metaphor, to explain his situation,” Verheijen told Squawka.

“Just imagine you are running on a treadmill and you are running for let’s say five miles per hour and after 30 minutes you are exhausted, and then next week you are going to run on that same treadmill but now you’re going to run at 10 miles per hour. The speed goes up.

“What is going to happen to the 30 minutes? Well, the 30 minutes will become shorter because if you are exhausted after 30 minutes from running at five miles per hour, you will probably be exhausted after playing 15 or 20 minutes at 10 miles per hour. If the treadmill goes faster you will become exhausted sooner.

“There is a very clear correlation between the speed and duration: the volume. That is an objective reference, and based on this you can look at a player like Memphis Depay.

“He goes from PSV Eindhoven to Manchester United, so that means that the speed goes up. The speed of play and in training in the Dutch Eredivisie is lower than at Manchester United, in training and in the games in the Premier League. For Memphis Depay, the treadmill goes faster

“What is going to happen to the 30 minutes? Well, the 30 minutes will become shorter because if you are exhausted after 30 minutes from running at five miles per hour, you will probably be exhausted after playing 15 or 20 minutes at 10 miles per hour. If the treadmill goes faster you will become exhausted sooner.

“There is a very clear correlation between the speed and duration: the volume. That is an objective reference, and based on this you can look at a player like Memphis Depay.
“People say, ‘well all young players get a setback.’ No. All young players do not have to get a setback. All young players should be treated in a much better way than educated coaches.”

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