Memphis Depay not happy with Manchester United 'supporting role'

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Memphis Depay's career at Manchester United has been unsuccessful so far, and that terminology is being polite given his dreadful form in England since his arrival from PSV Eindhoven last summer.

Talks of an Old Trafford exit for the young Dutchman were rife in the most recent transfer window given his poor start and now the 22-year-old winger has had his say on his current predicament in the north of England.

The Dutchman is not happy playing a supporting role under new manager Jose Mourinho after falling down the pecking order under Louis van Gaal; a man Depay once labelled "the best manager in the world."


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"I am the same person and I know what I want," Depay told Dutch newspaper Metro Nieuws, as per Sky Sports.
"A supporting role is not for me. I'm not a player who is happy with the fact that he is under contract with Manchester United. This is my dream club, but I want to play."

However, despite his admiration for Van Gaal, Depay has noticed the improvements made by the club under Mourinho.

"The training sessions are going well, I'm sharp and fit, but that applies to everyone," said Depay.

"The level has become higher. Jose Mourinho is a top coach.

"Mourinho has expressed his confidence in me. Personally, but also in the press."

Depay then insisted that he will not be searching for help from his colleagues despite failing to perform and that includes his friend Paul Pogba who arrived for £89m this summer from Juventus.

"Paul and I have known each other for a while," Depay added. "But it is a man's sport, it's not as if I need to be comforted. I am still convinced of my abilities."

The winger's form symbolises the difficulty foreign players face when adapting to the harsh environment of the Premier League.

Many players have tried and failed on English shores, mainly because certain clubs have failed to give them the required time to settle in.

Depay certainly has the potential to be a world star, but needs nurturing in order to reach higher levels. A loan deal perhaps? It has certainly proved to be a wise move with other players in the past.

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