Memphis Depay has flattered to deceive since completing his big-money move from PSV Eindhoven to Manchester United last summer.
The Netherlands international caught the eye in pre-season but has struggled with the tempo and physicality of the Premier League.
Memphis’ attitude has been questioned by fans and pundits alike over the past nine months, but a video he posted on Twitter on Thursday might help change perceptions about the Dutch winger.
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In a very honest assessment of his debut campaign, Memphis concedes it’s not been a great season for him. He also admits he’s made mistakes along the way. However, he appears to be determined to prove himself.
“It’s not been a bad year and it’s not been a good year - it’s right there in the middle,” he says in the video for UnscriptdSport. “I’ve more expectations from myself and the fans as well, and that’s normal.
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“It’s been new for me, this season, to play in the Premier League - so the experience I’ve had this year is important, also the things that I have to deal with. Sometimes I’ve made mistakes or I haven’t played good for a game. You get on the bench - you know, it’s new for me as well.
“Last season I was playing as scoring every game - and this season it’s 50/50. I play 50 per cent of the games. I’ve had some games on the bench for 90 minutes as well, and that’s new and hard - and, of course, it pisses you off to be honest sometimes.
“You need to keep going, keep believing in yourself, because you’re the first person who must believe in yourself. No matter what, you must always keep your chest up. Sometimes it’s hard, it’s really hard, but I’m still young - I’m 22.
“I don’t wanna give up on anything.”
Video: Memphis on his debut season
Memphis on Van Gaal/Mourinho
Memphis was one of the first United players to react after news broke that Louis van Gaal had been sacked earlier this week.
The veteran Dutch coach was a big factor in Memphis’ decision to join the Red Devils, but the relationship between the two men turned sour as the season wore on.
“A love-hate relationship [with Van Gaal]? I don’t know,” Memphis was quoted as telling De Telegraaf by the Manchester Evening News. “And now he leaves, as things go in football, as in life. And you learn and you become stronger.”
Asked if Van Gaal’s departure affects his future at Old Trafford, he responded: “No, this does not affect me. I am happy to be at Manchester United and the board is happy with me.”
And on Jose Mourinho’s imminent arrival, Memphis added: “If the arrival of Mourinho becomes official, I’ll ask Wesley Sneijder what kind of man he is. That’s interesting. It all sounds so, but it is not yet official.”
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