Manchester United winger Memphis Depay has credited assistant manager Ryan Giggs for helping him develop during his time at Old Trafford.
The Dutchman has not found things easy since his move from PSV Eindhoven this summer and lost his place in the team last month after a poor run of form. However, injuries allowed Memphis back into the starting lineup for the trip to Watford on the weekend and he didn’t disappoint, netting the opener early on.
It is clear that the youngster is not the finished article just yet but Giggs is one of the best to be learning from. The 41-year-old knows all about the pressures of playing for Man United, having made more than 1000 professional appearances for the club, and Memphis is grateful for his support.
“I think every young player goes through things but I keep training and enjoy the training sessions,” he told MUTV.
“The stuff [I am learning] has stuck with me and Ryan Giggs has given me good advice and I’ve been working on some things with him.
“You need that backing and you need to back yourself and train well, and of course all the help is great to get through difficult times.
Memphis marked his return to the starting lineup with a well-taken goal against Watford and he will want to build on a stellar performance going forward. He has struggled in the Premier League thus far but was happy to make an impact in a crucial game for United.
He added: “I’m happy to get the help of everyone and happy to play on Saturday to show that I can be important.
“The system was different, but we have a little bit more freedom and there was space in behind also which we took advantage of. I think we did it well and I enjoyed the game.
“It was a difficult game in the end. We started well in the first half but the second half was a little bit difficult. But to get three points out of it was good.
“I enjoyed the goal a lot, of course. I like to score goals. It was important for me to score a goal when I got a chance. I was happy. I like it when the fans are behind us and it was a nice moment [to celebrate with the fans].”
It was evident how much the goal meant to Memphis, who has been touted to accomplish great things at United. The 21-year-old has been dubbed as the next big thing to come out of Old Trafford but has failed to live up to expectations to this point. His goal against Watford could be exactly the moment that reinvigorates him and gets his season back on track, something United fans are desperate to see.