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Memphis Depay is trying to replicate Cristiano Ronaldo

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When Memphis Depay moved to Manchester United in a lucrative deal this summer, a lot of hysteria was made about his potential.

In the Eredivisie, Depay was the league's top scorer with 22 goals for PSV Eindhoven, he was their talisman and helped them win the league for the first time since 2008.

However, in the infamous number seven jersey of United he has not emulated such form just yet, arguably he may be finding it difficult to adapt to the Premier League which is clearly very demanding.

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Many players have struggled here, such as Angel di Maria last season and Radamel Falcao, both players were considered of the highest pedigree of talent that Europe had to offer. Both had proven themselves outstandingly in Spain at Real and Atletico Madrid respectively.

Depay has fallen out of favour with Reds fans lately, as many believe the 21-year-old is a selfish player clearly aiming to be a superstar, feeling he has to prove himself.

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The total opposite can be said for his fellow teammate Anthony Martial. The Frenchman hasn't put a foot wrong, scoring five goals in all competitions and he has added another dimension to United's attacking options since arriving at the club.

Alternatively, Depay has been dropped to the bench with rumours other players are disgusted at his attitude, this became evident with a training ground incident involving Robin van Persie during the last international break with the Netherlands.

It would appear Depay is aiming to mirror the prowess and success of Cristiano Ronaldo, he specifically requested the number seven jersey and his style of play is notably similar to that of the former Old Trafford hero.

The Dutchman specialises at free kicks, he has a vast array of skills on the ball and knows how to score from both in and outside the box. He has a very physical presence and possesses lightning pace which terrifies opposing full-backs. Sound like someone else we've mentioned?

Ronaldo also needed time to adapt even on his Premier League debut against Bolton, it was clear the future star of world football was taking his first strides.

When a young, gangly framed Portuguese teenager turned up to Old Trafford with quick feet, apt dribbling skills and no fear in front of defenders he had many critics.

Fans slammed him for losing the ball too often and felt he dived at every opportunity, it was obvious his game had to mature in order to improve.

Therefore, United's newest number seven must also mature, his attitude has to change and if he concentrates purely on football and remains humble with a desire to be the best he might just stand a chance.

His goals against Club Brugge provided fans with a glimmer of his raw technical assets, quick feet and clinical finishing ability, nonetheless his performances must be consistent in order to deserve the illustrious jersey and I believe over the coming few months he will undoubtedly prove this.

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