Depay praises Giggs; explains his poor form

Date published: Wednesday 24th February 2016 9:46

Memphis Depay has praised “legend” Ryan Giggs, with the Dutchman vowing to live up to expectations at Manchester United.

Depay has struggled at Old Trafford since joining from PSV for £25million in the summer, with the winger scoring just four goals in 34 games thus far.

The 22-year-old’s last league goal came in the 2-1 victory over Watford in December, and Depay is aware that he has not yet lived up to expectations in the Premier League.

“I haven’t yet lived up to everything people expected of me,” Depay said. “I will fight to show what I can do. I have a lot of expectations of myself, and it will come – confidence and experience will help.

“You have to learn from your mistakes and keep working hard to improve.”

Depay credits United assistant manager Giggs with helping him through the transition from Dutch football to the Premier League.

“Ryan Giggs is a legend,” Depay said. “He talks a lot with me and gives me advice to equip me. He has experienced everything already so he helps with all kinds of things, he works a lot with me.

“[Working with Giggs] makes me even hungrier on the training ground, it makes me want to try new things.

“I ask him for advice because he’s been there; he knows how to read the circumstances, how to handle situations. It is really inspiring and, at the same time, helpful.”

Asked whether he has lived up to his price tag within his first year at the club, Depay replied: “No, not yet. I know that and I will continue to fight for it. I expect a lot from myself, that is important, and the club and I are busy trying to improve it.

“I don’t want to put a date on it but it will come, confidence will help, as will my experiences and learning from my mistakes.

“Belief in myself is also important. Those moments will come, I am focused on that.

“Everyone can see I’m not scoring every game like I used to but I can feel it getting better. I expect a lot from myself, that’s important, and the club and I are busy trying to improve.

“I have really had to change my game because in the Eredivisie I could do what I wanted as I had time on the ball, I played on feelings. Here there is direct pressure so it’s hard.

“This has affected my game a little bit – everyone can see I’m not scoring every game like I used to but I can feel it getting better and, as I get to know the league more, I feel better and my confidence is growing again.”

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