Memphis Depay is looking forward to returning to former club PSV with Manchester United, but admits: “I know I have to improve.”
The 21-year-old joined United from Dutch side PSV in a £25million deal this summer, and has shown only brief glimpses of his immense talent.
Depay was substituted by manager Louis van Gaal at half-time during the 3-1 victory over Liverpool, with his side going on to seal victory in comfortable fashion in his absence.
Asked how he felt about being hauled off at the break, Depay responded: “I think my reaction was good and I will improve in training, keep my head up and work on it and think I can do better in games.”
When asked on the progress of goalscoring debutant Anthony Martial, Depay added: “We are both young so we can help each other, ask each other questions.”
Returning to the club where he plundered 39 goals in 90 appearances, Depay echoed the thoughts of his manager, admitting that he must improve from his first few performances at the club.
“It’s a new experience for me in the Premier League, so I have to improve and I know that,” Depay said. “I learned some things here [at PSV] but, as the boss is saying, the competition is different and I have to learn in the Premier League – to improve there.
“I think when I came on the pitch the first time I was very young so I will think about that when I walk on the pitch to train tonight, but tomorrow it’s different. It will be interesting to see what we can do. I think we’ll do a good job here.”
The Dutchman also dismissed any ideas of a doomed ‘muted celebration’ if he does find himself among the goals on Tuesday night, adding: “It’s still a game for me, so if I score I will celebrate. I have respect for PSV but I play for Manchester United now.
“Of course, I was playing for 10 years for PSV before I came to United. It’s a special feeling for me also to see my old teammates and play against them so it will be interesting.”