Manchester United’s indifferent season has been typified, more than most, by Dutch forward Memphis Depay.
The 22 year old has scored just twice in the Premier League this season (seven in all competitions), and a season that promised so much for the former PSV player is ending with Depay struggling to even maintain a place in the Manchester United starting eleven.
— #Guia4anos (@OGuiadoFutebol) April 7, 2016
Having arrived for a fee of £25million last summer and with a strong showing at the World Cup 12 months earlier under his belt, big things were expected of Depay – but he has thus far failed to deliver and become one of several scapegoats for some of the team’s dire performances.
His attitude has also come in for some strong criticism from the support base, with Ryan Giggs reportedly already stepping in to warn Memphis about his conduct.
Today’s Sun – in a story since picked up by the Mirror – are reporting that manager Louis van Gaal has challenged the player to prove that he is good enough to play for the club, and that he warrants a starting place in the first eleven.
The report alleges that while the player himself initiated the talks, van Gaal was quick to warn him to tone down his extravagant lifestyle and concentrate harder on making a name for himself in England, returning to the form that won him strong plaudits in Brazil two years ago (as well as with PSV in the Eredivisie) and what led to Man United signing him in the first place.
At just 22, Depay has plenty of time to turn it around and become a fan favourite at Old Trafford, but patience with this team from the stands is running thin – these players are fast running out of any credit stored up with the fans and should they fail to qualify for next season’s Champions League, that moderate annoyance will turn to anger.
Louis van Gaal might not be at Old Trafford next season and on current showing – if he doesn’t turn it around relatively quickly – neither will Memphis.