Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has admitted that he expected a more positive introduction by Memphis Depay and has dropped the winger due to poor form.
The Netherlands international joined the Old Trafford outfit from PSV Eindhoven for £31 million in the summer and initially put in some progressive displays for his new club.
However, the flying attacker has gone off the boil of late and has found himself on the bench as a result.
Jesse Lingard started in Depay’s place last time out against West Brom and scored in an impressive display.
Van Gaal has admitted that he expects more from his countryman but is not overly concerned.
“Of course [I expect more] because otherwise he would still be in the team,” BBC Sport quote Van Gaal as saying.
“But players in that age are not consistent. I don’t have a quarrel with the player – it’s a matter of form.”
The 21-year-old has started eight Premier League games this season, with his solitary domestic strike coming in the 3-0 win over Sunderland.
Depay could well be reintroduced to the side for today’s trip to face Watford at Vicarage Road, as the Red Devils are without the likes of Anthony Martial and Wayne Rooney for the clash.