Depay refuses to blame Van Gaal for poor season

Date published: Tuesday 31st May 2016 9:32

Memphis Depay insists Louis van Gaal is not to blame for his underwhelming debut campaign at Manchester United.

Holland international Depay arrived at Old Trafford with high expectations after joining in a £25million move from PSV Eindhoven, but spent much of the second half of the season on the bench.

The 22-year-old was linked with a move away after being dropped from Van Gaal’s matchday squad, and while he has admitted he is “p***ed off” at not playing regularly, the winger has promised United fans they will see the best of him next term.

“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,” the 22-year-old told Fox Sports.

“I do not want to blame the manager for it. 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.

“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.”

Depay will be given the chance of a fresh start under Jose Mourinho, and he admits he will have to bounce back to prove himself to the new manager.

“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,” he added.

“It’s now on to next season. I have to prove my worth during pre-season.”

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