Memphis Depay is targeting Manchester United’s pre-season tour to prove his worth to Jose Mourinho for the new season.
The Dutch winger endured a difficult debut season at Old Trafford and fell down the pecking order in Louis van Gaal‘s side, he was often left out for Jesse Lingard and was also excluded from the match day squad for the FA Cup final victory over Crystal Palace.
Mourinho’s arrival represents a new start at the club, Memphis will be keen to cement his place on the first-team and is clearly targeting the pre-season as his first chance to convince Mourinho he is worth keeping around.
Man United play Manchester City and Borussia Dortmund as part of their pre-season friendly schedule and Depay insists he is excited to get started.
“I think both will be tough games. Of course the derby means a lot to us and the fans. It’s really important to win those games,” he told ManUtd.com.
“The rivalry is very big against City and there is always a good atmosphere when you win those matches. We know we will have a lot of supporters there so we have to win and it could be like a home game for us!
“Dortmund have a really strong team and are difficult to beat. It’s pre-season so we will be working on our shape and how we want to play and I’m looking forward to it. I think it will help to play strong teams – we can see how strong we are at that point which is always good to know.”
It is not an exaggeration to say Memphis was one of the most prolific players in the Eredivisie two years ago. He drove PSV Eindhoven to a league title and scored 22 goals in the competition along with six assists. It seemed like his move would be an immediate hit with fans judging by his success, there was plenty of expectations on his shoulders but it didn’t work out that way.
The media have been quick to jump on Memphis when his performances were not up to scratch by highlighting the cars he drove and company he kept, many even believed he would have turned his fortune around once he adapted to life in England, but he hasn’t been able to replicate his PSV form.
Mourinho should give him plenty of chances to perform as he’s clearly shown the potential, particularly in Europe, but it’s up to Memphis to grab his opportunity with both hands if he is to become the player everyone thought he would upon his arrival at the club.