Dutch forward Memphis Depay has hardly had it easy since moving from PSV to Manchester United, yet the 22-year-old is keen to move on from a tough season and show the Old Trafford Faithful why he deserves to wear the prestige number 7 shirt.
Memphis, who won the Young Dutch Footballer of the Year award in Holland before his move to the Premier League, has been widely criticised for his sub-par performances throughout the season, yet is confident that the ‘old Memphis’ will return sooner rather than later.
“It’s never nice to be criticised,” Memphis told Fox Sports. “But it’s part of the game and I have to deal with it.
“The season did not go as planned and that hurt my confidence a bit. It’s now up to me to deal with this situation and get back on track.
“I think every attacker is intuitive. You have to make decisions on when to go for an individual action.
“The old Memphis, who beat every opponent, will soon be back again.”
Despite releasing a video message claiming he was ‘p****d off’ at his substitute role under Van Gaal, he stated that he does not blame the manager for his poor season.
“I do not want to blame the manager for it,” he said. “I played some good games and some bad matches.
“I do not want to blame anyone for it. I have not been in touch with Van Gaal yet [since he was sacked]. I might give him a call or send him a text.
“I did not play as many games as I hoped and I am obviously disappointed about that. I had different expectations. But I have to deal with that.
“It’s now on to next season. I have to prove my worth during pre-season.”
The United Faithful will be hoping that the ‘old Memphis’ will in fact return, as his 22 league goals drove his PSV side to a landslide 22nd title victory in the season before he signed for the Red Devils.