Memphis Depay endured a vastly horrid debut season at Manchester United, but he can bounce back during the 2016-17 season under Jose Mourinho if given a chance.
Following his dismal display against Borussia Dortmund in the Champions Cup, more doubt has been piled on the youngster's future.
Mourinho has confirmed in recent interviews that he's secured three out of the four signings he wanted, with the fourth believed to be a midfielder, more specifically, Paul Pogba.
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This implies that Mourinho isn't interested in signing any more attackers, which means Depay could be in contention for a spot in the starting line-up, if he can start to at least show signs of promise.
Depay arrived at Old Trafford following an incredible season at PSV Eindhoven, where he scored 22 goals and provided five assists.
Liverpool rivalled United for the Dutchman’s signature, but it was compatriot Louis van Gaal who won the race for the player, who was also the manager to give him a World Cup debut for his country during the 2014 tournament in Brazil.
Depay failed to emulate his 22 goal season in 2015-16, netting just two goals in 37 matches across all competitions for the Red Devils.
Depay rose to prominence when had a somewhat successful World Cup. He made four appearances, including one start, and mustered up a total of two goals and one assist.
It could be argued that his goals weren’t brilliant, but the goals he scored in the group stages were of high importance. He also assisted the equaliser against Australia, before slotting the match winner to give his country a 3-2 victory.
His match-winner made him the youngest ever Dutch player to score at a World Cup, and his second goal came during a 2-0 victory over Chile, securing top spot of the group.
The 2014 World Cup is one example of the quality the 22-year-old possesses. However, this was over two years ago, and it is clear the Dutchman needs to improve significantly to prove himself as a quality player.
His debut season at Old Trafford was a dreadful campaign, but he still has the potential to be a fantastic player.
Even if he isn’t offered another season to prove his worth in Manchester, Depay could flourish elsewhere.
De Gea Inspiration
David de Gea endured a terrible first campaign when he signed for United in 2011, and look at him now.
The Spaniard was heavily criticised after he completed a big-money move from Atletico Madrid to United. His physique was questioned and his ability to dominate his penalty area was also doubted.
However, a few years on and he is now one of the best goalkeepers in the world, nearly earning a mega-money move to Real Madrid in the process.
Debut seasons can be tough, ask any footballer, but if Depay wants to be a success at Manchester United, he should take inspiration from his teammate's story and try emulate what De Gea did to answer his critics.
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