Memphis Depay has spoken about his current situation at Manchester United, claiming he’s at his “dream club” but won’t be happy until he’s playing regular football.
The Dutchman has spoken to MetroNiews in his homeland in what is an interesting interview. His quotes are below:
On the change from Louis van Gaal to Jose Mourinho: “The feeling is different [than under Van Gaal]. Mourinho has expressed his confidence in me both personally and in the press.”
On his situation: “I am the same person and I know what I want. 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.”
On last season: “I’d rather not talk about last season. That happened – about what I could have done better, it is clear – I should have played better.”
On Paul Pogba: “Paul and I have known each other for a while. But it is a man’s sport, it’s not as if I need to be comforted. I am still convinced of my abilities.”
Well, the standout quotes, for us, are those surrounding his situation at Man United. Although there are, naturally, nuances to what he said and certain aspects may be lost in translation, it’s hard to look at it any other way than ‘I want to play, so I’ll have to move on before too long if I’m not’ – which is entirely fair at this stage of his career.
Depay moved to Old Trafford in summer 2015 during LVG’s reign and was tipped to be a huge success after scoring 22 Eredivisie goals as PSV Eindhoven secured the title. His debut season, as the 22-year-old himself eluded to, was not a runaway success though, and he’s yet to start a Premier League match under Mourinho – his 12 minutes of action this season have come from the bench.
With a host of Man United players able to play in the wide attacking midfield roles, Depay faces a real struggle to force his way back in. Indeed, Anthony Martial, Wayne Rooney, Marcus Rashford, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Juan Mata, Jesse Lingard, Ashley Young and even Antonio Valencia can operate in the position, so to say the path is cluttered would be an understatement.
Further to this, Mourinho is a manager not afraid of casting aside big names – he did it with Mata at Chelsea – so Depay appears to be fighting a losing battle.
The one thing he does have, however, is raw talent. And with games likely to stack up over the winter due to United’s cup and European responsibilities, he is sure to get a chance which he simply must seize. The next best option may be a loan move in January or even a permanent transfer.
He’s a special player, as the video below shows…