Manchester United new man Memphis Depay has admitted that he is still trying to adapt to the physical demands of life in the Premier League. The Dutchman signed from PSV Eindhoven for £25m in July, but has struggled to make an impact so far at Old Trafford in the Premier League.
Despite his promising performances in the Champions League, manager Louis van Gaal last month said that people need to give the 21-year-old time in order for him to fulfil his potential.
“I have to be patient for Memphis, and the fans do also.” said Van Gaal.
Speaking to De Telegraaf before Holland’s crucial Euro 2016 qualifier against Kazakhstan on Saturday, Depay said:
“There are a lot of games in Manchester. There are very few rest days and on training days you are mainly concerned with recovering. It’s heavy, two games a week, always at a high level, and my body has to get used to that.”
“I try to manage my career in steps, and I am still in the middle. I think this was the right step and I am happy in Manchester … I’m still developing.”
It’s clear that Memphis is a player with world class potential ahead of him, but at the same time it is natural for a youngster from a league less physical than the Premier League to stroll in and have a tough start. The winger will adapt, but he needs time. His Champions League showings so far have been impressive, but this is probably due to the fact that the foreign teams are less aggressive than what United face in the Premier League. Like Van Gaal said, give the lad time and he will shine.
[Quotes via the Guardian]