Memphis Depay hopes his experiences from a difficult first season at Manchester United will stand him in good stead – but admits he has a lot to prove under Jose Mourinho.
The 22-year-old winger joined the Red Devils with an impressive reputation after garnering much praise during his time in the Eredivisie, scoring 43 goals in just over 100 appearances for de Boeren.
However, having scored only twice in the Premier League the young Dutchman concedes he has underperformed in the 2015/16 campaign.
In an interview with YouTube channel Unscriptd, Depay said: “It’s not been a bad year, but it’s not been a good year. It’s been right there in the middle. I have more expectations from myself and the fans as well, that’s normal.
“It’s been new for me, this season, to play in the Premier League. The experience that I get this season is important, also the things I have to deal with.
“Sometimes I’ve made a mistake or I haven’t played good for a game and you get put on the bench. It’s new for me as well,” the Dutchman added.
“Last season (with PSV) I was playing and I was scoring every game and this season it’s 50-50. I have some games on the bench for 90 minutes. That’s new and it’s hard.”
With the announcement of Jose Mourinho as Manchester United’s new boss, Depay will have the chance to make a good impression on the Portuguese manager and potentially return to regular first-team football.
The player was criticised for his off-field actions last season and was bizarrely compared to a Peruvian flute player in one interview.