All is not right in Memphis Depay's world. The Dutchman has struggled to make an impact at Manchester United and now finds himself behind Jesse Lingard in Louis van Gaal's pecking order.
Not only that but Depay's international coach Danny Blind recently questioned his ability to function within the team and it seems the Manchester United players are inclined to agree.
The reliable Times journalist James Ducker claimed on Tuesday that a host of senior Red Devils stars are already growing tired of Depay's outlandish style. It is not just his inclination to keep the ball instead of passing, but his affinity to the limelight.
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Indeed, Manchester United fans have seen more stories about his wardrobe, his dog, his gold teeth than they have about his performances on the pitch. It is almost as if he didn't have room for his immense talent when he moved from PSV Eindhoven.
According to the report, Manchester United's star players do not believe the penny is dropping with regards to integrating Depay into the team. He fails to pass and always tries the spectacular when textbook stuff would suffice.
Rather worryingly, those who have been around Carrington for a while are already drawing comparisons between Depay and Nani. The Portuguese star was labeled as the new Cristiano Ronaldo when he signed from Sporting Lisbon, but never had the application to reach the top.
“There’s a player there, unquestionably, but the same mistakes are repeating themselves too often,” one source said. “The Nani analogy has merit.”
Nani only left the club this summer, but he had already fallen as far away from the minds of coaches, fans and the playing staff. His departure to Fenerbahce was long overdue.
Now, it appears, there are already concerns that Depay will follow a similar path. He has the talent but has allowed himself to become distracted. At 21, he still has time on his hands, but once the downward spiral starts, it is hard to turn it around.
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