Former-FC Twente and Porto manager Co Adriaanse believes Memphis Depay must be ‘corrected’ on and off the pitch after a shaky start to his Manchester United career.
Memphis joined United early last summer from Dutch champions PSV Eindhoven after the Reds beating Paris Saint-Germain and Liverpool to his signature. However, the hype around the 21-year-old has somewhat died down and turned into criticism recently in the press, despite his young age and his need to adapt to a new club.
Adriaanse, who was fired from his job at Twente after just six months, insists the young Dutchman is representing Dutch football as a whole and must learn to be part of a team until he has proved himself in the Premier League.
“He needs to be corrected,” Adriaanse told Studio Voetbal.
“He must realise that he is a member in a football team, that he is not just an individual, a 100-metre sprinter like Usain Bolt.
“He arrived as a Peruvian pan flute player at [Netherlands team hotel] Huis ter Duin. If you are a young boy and still have not done anything, do not play dress up as you report to the coach. [Cristiano] Ronaldo does that, but at least he is proven.
“He does not even talk to the press, which he ignores. That cannot be the way. He represents us, the Dutch people. And we want to know what he thinks. He should always speak to them, and must be corrected.”
Memphis arrived at the Netherlands team hotel during the international break dressed ‘fashionably’, standing out amongst the squad in a hat and scarf. Meanwhile, Louis van Gaal has openly warned Memphis of the need to fit into the team and not follow the path of Angel Di Maria, who left in the summer after falling out with Van Gaal.
His confidence and ego were a thing to look forward to when he signed for the club in May. However, now they are being seen by some as a hindrance to his reputation, with performances not matching his ego.
Adriaanse is probably correct in saying that he needs to focus on playing for the team and not just for himself, having often taken the option to shoot from difficult angles instead of cross it into the middle but he has plenty of time on his hands and United’s fans will be very patient with him until he comes good.