Manchester United’s Memphis Depay has pledged to prove his worth to new manager José Mourinho, resisting the urge to criticise the Portuguese’s predecessor Louis van Gaal.
The Dutchman joined his compatriot at Old Trafford for £25m from PSV last summer but endured a torrid debut campaign in the Premier League, scoring just twice in 29 appearances.
Despite falling out of favour towards the end of Van Gaal’s spell in charge, the 22-year-old is reluctant to knock his former manager and has instead switched his focus to impressing Mourinho during pre-season.
Depay, who won’t be distracted by European Championship commitments this summer, told Fox Sports: “It's never nice to be criticised, but it's part of the game and I have to deal with it. The season did not go as planned and that hurt my confidence a bit.
“I do not want to blame the manager for it, he added. I played some good games and some bad matches. I do not want to blame anyone for it. I have not been in touch with Van Gaal yet. I might give him a call or send him a text.”
Reports have suggested Mourinho is planning an overhaul of his new squad before the new season commences with Daley Blind and Juan Mata among those fearing for their places.
But Depay is confident that he can return to his best: “It's now up to me to deal with this situation and get back on track. I think every attacker is intuitive.
“You have to make decisions on when to go for an individual action. The old Memphis, who beat every opponent, will soon be back again.
“I did not play as many games as I hoped and I am obviously disappointed about that. I had different expectations. But I have to deal with that. It's now on to next season. I have to prove my worth during pre-season.”
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