Manchester United star Memphis Depay has insisted that he's working hard to prove himself at Old Trafford.
The Dutch international, who completed a high-profile move to Manchester in the summer transfer window, has endured a tricky start to the season under the guidance of Louis van Gaal, but the player's comments should please his manager.
Depay has come in for criticism recently, but the versatile forward appears to be switched on and is seemingly well aware that he has a great deal of learning to do before coming to prominence on English soil.
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While some have questioned Depay's attitude, this honest assessment from the youngster should sit well with the Manchester United faithful, who will be hoping to see their new No.7 produce the goods sooner rather than later.
Speaking to NOS, as per Goal.com, the youngster stated: “Of course it’s difficult when you’re on the bench but it’s going better right now and it’s also going better on the training pitch.
“So if I get my chance to play, I will take it.
“I think lots of things changed. I’m in a new club right now, it’s a different level [to the Eredivisie]. Such things are playing a big role and you’re trying to find your way and it was a bit easy at the start but then I fell back and you could see it in the way I played.
“But you can assume that I’m busy with working on that and getting back to the top.
“I feel fit and I’m trying to show on the training ground that I’m doing my best to perform well. People are used to see me score and that shall also come, it just takes a bit longer now but you’ll have to find that form again.”
Depay will be fine
United chief Van Gaal will be well aware that he has a huge talent on his hands; Depay is one of the most exciting young forwards in Europe, so there's no reason why he won't go from strength-to-strength at the Theatre of Dreams over the coming years.
After firing home 22 goals in 30 Eredivisie matches last season, Depay clearly knows his way to goal, so once he settles to life on English soil he could start scoring freely for the Red Devils.
One thing is for sure, Depay is seemingly intent on making a success out of his career, so he shouldn't be written off at this extremely early stage.
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