Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has warned Memphis Depay that he must continue to perform or risk returning to the bench, Daily Star reports.
The 21-year-old completed a £25million move to Old Trafford during the summer and was expected to become a key member of the squad.
Despite the high level expectations set upon the winger, he struggled to find form in the Premier League as was eventually dropped from the starting 11.
After a number of weeks out, Depay looks to have regained the confidence which earned him a move to England from former club PSV Eindhoven, scoring the opener in the recent win over Watford.
However, Van Gaal has told the Netherlands international that he needs to perform on a consistent basis or else he may be forced to rest him again.
“I’m a coach who always demands in not just one match but in several matches,” he said.
“He played more or less the same system [against Watford] as I played with the Dutch national team, certainly in the second half.
“In the second half he was a bit lesser than in the first half but that is logical after a long time out.”
He was used as a striker in the 2-1 victory over Watford at the weekend as both Wayne Rooney and Anthony Martial were unavailable for selection.