Arjen Robben: Memphis Depay must show ‘strength’ to overcome difficult period at Manchester United

by Ben Topliss

Arjen Robben believes his compatriot Memphis Depay must show “strength” if he is to succeed at Manchester United.

Memphis arrived at Man United this summer with a reputation as one of the brightest young talents in the world but he has so far struggled to make an impact at Old Trafford.

The Dutchman recently hit back at questions over his attitude, insisting he is “working hard” to regain the place he has lost in United’s starting XI.

Ahead of Netherlands’ friendly against Wales on Friday night, Robben revealed that he will offer words of advice to Memphis in an attempt to get him through the “difficult” period.

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“Of course I will give him advice,” Robben said.

“We try to help each other as players and the team to make steps. He is a talented player in a difficult situation. I can give him advice but the player has to cope with it, show strength and the right mentality.

“It is important in your development as a player. It is not always sunshine and you have difficult periods, especially when you are young. He has a long way ahead and if he shows the right mentality, the talent is there.

“If he keeps working hard I am sure he can succeed.”


Memphis is clearly a talented player but it was always a big ask for him to hit the ground running at United. It takes some players longer to adjust to the Premier League than others but Memphis seems to have the right approach when it comes to working hard and putting in the hours on the training ground.

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