Netherlands legend Ruud Gullit criticised the manner in which Memphis Depay is conducting himself.
Depay has struggled to settle since his move to Old Trafford last summer and has found himself regularly amongst the substitutes up until the recent injuries to Wayne Rooney and Anthony Martial.
Gullit lambasted the youngster of being more concerned about his image off the field rather than concentrating on performing every matchday.
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The Daily Mirror published quotes from the former Chelsea star before the 3-2 victory over Arsenal on Sunday and he said: “What I see with Memphis is a boy who wants two things at the same time. He wants to become a really good footballer, but at the same time, he wants to be a global superstar and a style icon.”
“I think to myself, ‘boy oh boy, do it in the right order. You have to perform, perform and perform again.'
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The 22-year-old joined the Red Devils from Dutch side PSV Eindhoven for £25 million, with many hailing him as the ‘New Ronaldo’ upon his arrival.
But Depay has failed to live up to the expectations and therefore often reviled by the United faithful for the majority of the campaign as a result of his underwhelming performances.
Gullit, who won league titles with four different clubs in his career as well as the European Championships with the Netherlands national team in 1988, and he suggest only footballing achievements can bring what the latest Dutch ace aspires to be known for in the future.
He added: “Once Memphis has won a lot of trophies then I don’t care if he wants to be as crazy as Dennis Rodman - or even crazier.”
“My question to him is: how do you want to be remembered in life? As an odd character with a hat and a Rolls Royce? Or as a footballer?”
The critical statement by the Holland great brings into perspective the erratic nature in which Depay has been portraying himself to the public.
Sporting expensive clothes and driving to the training ground in his Rolls Royce has become a regular routine for the Dutchman in a disappointing Premier League debut season and 53-year-old Gullit compared himself to the Manchester United attacker.
Gullit added: “Yes, I had a moustache, but I was driving around in a small Vauxhall, then I had a small Lancia and finally an Audi 80. And by that time I was a player at AC Milan.”
“For me, money or superstar status was never a motivation as a player.”
Recognised as one of the most promising talents, Depay has the quality to be a success on the world stage but he has to prioritise how he shapes his future.
His performances against Arsenal and FC Midtjylland were encouraging and may have gone some way to proving the doubters wrong but fans will be watching him very closely between now and the end of the season to see if he can sustain this form.
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