Memphis Depay has admitted that he has been ‘pissed off’ with his first season at Manchester United.
Memphis, 22, joined Man United from PSV Eindhoven last summer with a reputation as one of the best young players in the world.
But the Dutchman suffered a mixed campaign under Louis van Gaal this term and he often found himself dropped to the substitute’s bench. In a video posted on his official Twitter account, Memphis offered a frank assessment of his season.
“It’s not been a bad year and it’s not been a good year,” he said.
“It’s right there in the middle. I have more expectations for myself and the fans as well, and that’s normal.
“It’s been new for me this season, to play in the Premier League, but the experience I get this year is important. Also, the things I have to do, sometimes I made a mistake or I haven’t played good for a game, you get on the bench, it’s new for me as well.
Looking back on last season http://t.co/FI5XT0XFEx
— Memphis Depay (@Memphis) May 26, 2016
“Last season, I was playing and I was scoring every game. This year, it’s 50-50, 50 per cent of the games in the season I have played, I have some games on the bench for 90 minutes as well. That’s new and that’s hard and that pisses you off, to be honest, sometimes. But you need to keep going, keep believing in yourself.
“Because you’re the first person you have to believe in yourself, no matter what, you have to keep your chest up.
“Sometimes it’s hard but I’m still young, 22, but I think that’s for everybody, never give up, if you believe in something you can achieve, you will make it and if you put everything in it.
“And that’s my motto: Dream, believe and achieve. But I don’t want to give up on anything.”
In a way, it is good that Memphis is angry with how his season has gone. It shows that he has a desire to be the best and play in every game.
The youngster may be given a new lease of life under Jose Mourinho next term but he has a lot of work to do if he is to convince the incoming manager and fans of his quality.
Memphis showed what a good player he is in fits and starts this season but a lack of consistency was glaring. Perhaps Mourinho will find a system that gets the best out of him.