On Netherlands duty, Memphis talks Manchester United playing time woes

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Memphis Depay has one start for Manchester United since the club’s Oct. 4 beating from Arsenal, but the Dutch youngster says he understands there’s a method to manager Louis Van Gaal‘s madness.

The $38-million winger emphatically announced his Manchester United arrival with a pair of UEFA Champions League goal against Club Brugge nearly three months ago, but has scored just twice since then while fighting to get on the field at all.

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Asked about his lack of playing time, Memphis’ response shows the 21-year-old has been given a clear message about putting his individual skill set into a team concept.

From the Daily Mail:

“Of course it’s difficult when you’re on the bench but it’s going better right now and it’s also going better on the training pitch,” Depay said. “I might not be bringing that extra bit like at the World Cup, but I do think I’m playing as part of a team, and team mates think so too.”

He also said the Premier League is a much more difficult league than the Eredivisie, and that looks forward to seizing the next c

Perhaps no player better embodies fan frustrations with Louis van Gaal’s tactics than the unused, but potentially electrifying Memphis.

Since ripping nine shots over two games, against Sunderland and Wolfsburg, Memphis has only unloaded three in four appearances. The aforementioned lone start came in the League Cup loss to Middlesbrough, and he’s been unused in three-straight Premier League matches.