Netherlands coach and former Ajax defender Danny Blind has told Memphis Depay that he needs to restore himself to Manchester United’s first-team in order to be in contention for a call-up to the national side.
Memphis struggled under the weight of the No.7 shirt last season and failed to endear himself to Man United supporters, culminating in the Dutchman failing to impose himself on the starting XI under Jose Mourinho.
Blind, father of Daley, left Memphis out of his first Netherlands squad ahead of a friendly with Greece next week.
Speaking at a press conference, Blind revealed he told Memphis that he needs to start clocking up minutes at Old Trafford if he is to assert himself on the Netherlands side.
“I have spoken to Memphis and while he feels fit, I’ve told him I think that it is important that he first concentrates on getting back a spot in the 18-man squad at Manchester United,” he said.
“Hopefully, then he gets back in picture for our next internationals in October and thereafter.”
As United fans rejoice at the arrival of pastures new at Old Trafford, the demise of Memphis – a symbol of last season’s painful plunge into mediocrity – has slipped under the radar. He arrived to rapturous acclaim, with many tipping the youngster for a groundbreaking first season. And following an astonishing match-winning performance against Club Brugge back in August 2015, murmurs turned into a wall of noisy support for the Dutchman.
But since then, the Dutchman – thwarted by confidence issues and displaced by Anthony Martial – was been an anonymous figure. Even so, Memphis has received unreserved support from club manager, and has an excellent opportunity to set the record straight this season.