Football 3 years ago

Memphis Missing the Mark

  • Memphis Missing the Mark
  • Memphis Missing the Mark
  • Memphis Missing the Mark
  • Memphis Missing the Mark

After a promising start it has all gone wrong for Memphis Depay. While his Manchester United career began promisingly, his form has waned considerably over the past few matches. In addition to this, he is also facing the added embarrassment of having his attitude questioned. The pressure is rising on the young Dutchman and eventually something will have to give. 

Despite the current predicament, the Dutchman did make an impressive start at Old Trafford. After arriving for a £22million fee in the summer transfer window, Depay scored a brace in United's 3-1 Champions League play-off victory over Club Brugge. However it was not only his quality that impressed on-lookers that night, with many commending the youngster on his determination to improve. Depay missed multiple chances to score his hat-trick and said post-game: "I am happy of course that I scored and we won the game [but] of course I am a little bit disappointed that I couldn't finish the last two chances." 

However since that match the Dutchman has struggled for form. In his role on the left wing he has created just four chances in the Premier League this season. Furthermore, he has only scored the one goal and possess the lowest shooting accuracy within the Manchester United squad at 44.4%. Finally to top off the disappointing statistics, Depay has recorded fewer successful dribbles than Aston Villa's central defender, Michah Richards.

Not only failing to fire in attack, his defensive workrate is also leaving a lot to be desired. In the recent match against Arsenal he failed to track any runners down his wing, leaving Ashley Young facing 1v2 situations on numerous occasions. The poor performance saw him substituted at half-time by manager Louis Van Gaal and suggests that he may also be fed up with Depay's poor performances.

Away from the pitch Depay is having his personal life questioned. According to former Dutch international, Youri Mulder, Depay has developed a 'big star' attitude and Manchester United are losing patience with the youngster. There are reports that United have had Ryan Giggs speak to Depay about his behaviour away from the pitch.

Eventually this situation will be dealt with. Either Memphis will continue with his poor form and 'celebrity' antics and be dropped from the United team. Or conversely he will heed the advice being given to him by Giggs and others and work hard on improving his football. 

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