Memphis Depay has admitted that he has struggled to cope with the physical demands of English football since moving to Manchester United.
Depay scored twice against Club Brugge in the Champions League, but has otherwise struggled to make an impact. His Premier League performances have been disappointing.
Louis van Gaal has understandably urged for patience in his £25m new signing: “I have to be patient for Memphis, and the fans do also.”
However, Depay has conceded that he has struggled to adapt to the physical demands of English football, saying that his body must get used to the increased workload upon him.
“There are a lot of games in Manchester. There are very few rest days and on training days you are mainly concerned with recovering. It’s heavy, two games a week, always at a high level, and my body has to get used to that.”
But he said he had no concerns about his ability to be a success, adding: “I try to manage my career in steps, and I am still in the middle. I think this was the right step and I am happy in Manchester … I’m still developing.”
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