Memphis Depay admits the Premier League is a “different level” to the Eredivisie and has vowed to win his place back at Manchester United.
The 21-year-old Netherlands forward scored three times before the end of September, but has recently found himself on the United bench after struggling with his form.
Depay, who was an unused substitute in United’s 2-0 win at home to West Brom on Saturday, exploded into life at Old Trafford after his £25million move from PSV Eindhoven in the summer, but has struggled to maintain those standards.
“Of course it’s difficult when you’re on the bench but it’s going better right now and it’s also going better on the training pitch,” Depay told NOS Sport.
“So if I get my chance to play, I will take it.
“I think lots of things changed. I’m in a new club right now, it’s a different level (to the Eredivisie). Such things are playing a big role and you’re trying to find your way and it was a bit easy at the start but then I fell back and you could see it in the way I played.
“But you can assume that I’m busy with working on that and getting back to the top.
“I feel fit and I’m trying to show on the training ground that I’m doing my best to perform well. People are used to see me score and that shall also come, it just takes a bit longer now but you’ll have to find that form again.”
United boss Louis van Gaal last month insisted he still believed in Depay – but has warned the player to adapt to Manchester United’s philosophy if he’s to become a success.
“Ryan (Giggs) has already given advice to him but the player is responsible for his own deeds,” said Van Gaal.
“You have to give respect to your team philosophy.”