Memphis Depay is struggling with the physicality of the Premier League

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Much was expected of Memphis Depay when he completed his move from PSV Eindhoven to Manchester United at the back end of last season. 

It's fair to say the Dutch winger has failed to deliver since donning the famous red shirt at Old Trafford - well, in the Premier League at least.

The 21-year-old has been on fire in the Champions League, playing a vital role in helping the Red Devils advance through the playoff round and scoring against his former club in the opening group game.


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However, in the league it has been a different story for the Holland international. Having started all of United's eight games he has been substituted on six occasions - including being dragged off at half-time against Arsenal - and has scored just one goal.

In an interview with Dutch outlet De Telegraaf, the winger admitted his struggles are down the physicality of the Premier League.

He said: "In Manchester I play a lot of games. There are very few days that I can rest out.

"On training days you are mainly concerned with conditioning. It’s heavy, two games a week, always at a high level. Because of that, my body still has to get used to it all.

"I try in my career to take many steps. I think this was the right step, and am happy in Manchester."


The switch from Eredivisie to the Premier League was never going to be easy for the Oranje star. 

His contribution on the European front shows the class he possesses, but players are given much more time on the ball on the continent. 

Domestic competition is Manchester United's bread and butter, and Memphis must improve if he wants to retain his place in the starting line-up. 

But it is not all doom and gloom for United's new number seven. He has shown flashes of the brilliance that helped PSV to the Eredivisie title last season, but these examples have been sparse.

Although, there is a certain former United number seven who started off in the same vein - he is now the proud owner of three Ballon d'Or titles.

Will Memphis Depay turn around his Premier League fortunes at Manchester United? Have your say by leaving us a comment below!

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