Former coach Fred Rutten explains why Memphis Depay hasn’t performed at Man United

by Tanveer Arayan


Former PSV Eindhoven coach Fred Rutten has explained why Memphis Depay has found it so difficult to adapt to life at Manchester United.

He claims the fact that Memphis is no longer able to see his mother on a regular basis like he did at PSV, is having a big impact on his football at England.

The Dutchman was clearly close to his mother, on the day PSV announced he was joining Man United, he replaced his his mother’s old truck with a brand new Mercedes.

Rutten believes this is one of the main reasons why Memphis has found it so difficult to step up at Old Trafford.

“I think he has a very good relationship with his mother but I think that’s part of it,” he said.

“But he’s still young and I think he can develop to be a big player – young players take time to develop.

“Twenty years ago, they had much more time to impress; now they have to be there.

“The first time I met him, he had so much confidence, he thought, already, at 15/16 he could play in the first team.

“In his head is, ‘I want to be the best player’. Maybe it’s a bit of arrogance but that’s the personality of Memphis.

“There are young players who have so much confidence, but players like Memphis show it on the pitch, in training and for the team.”

He was one of United’s most exciting additions in Louis van Gaal‘s final summer at Old Trafford as fans had seen his showreel from his time at PSV.

However, he has struggled to live up to expectations and has only made just one start under Jose Mourinho this season.

Everton boss Ronald Koeman has already declared his interest in Memphis and it seems a loan move would benefit all parties at this point as he won’t be able to pick up any minutes under Mourinho this season as he lacks confidence.

Even though he came off the bench in a crucial World Cup qualifier for Netherlands against Luxembourg on Sunday to bag a double in a 3-1 win, he has fallen too far down the pecking order under the Portuguese boss.

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