Manchester United starlet, Memphis Depay who has been labelled, “the next Cristiano Ronaldo” is failing to impress for the Red Devils, but why?
Taking a look back at United’s summer signings, Louis Van Gaal brought in some exciting talent to the “Theatre of Dreams.” However, former Manchester United midfielder, Memphis Depay has struggled to live up the potential thrusted upon him by former United legend, Bryan Robson, who revealed that the Dutch superstar, could be the next Cristiano Ronaldo.
The 21-year-old midfielder has already been handed the coveted No.7 shirt – after it was vacated by Angel Di Maria upon his exit from Old Trafford. The shirt has been worn by the likes of Eric Cantona, George Best, David Beckham and of course, Cristiano Ronaldo. The former PSV star has been tipped to fill the big boots left in his name.
Robson told the clubs official website, “I don’t think that’s going to be a hassle to him, otherwise he wouldn’t have accepted the no.7 shirt as soon as it was offered to him.
He added, “I think if he had a problem, mentally, handling the pressure that comes with the no.7 shirt, he would have said ‘no’ and asked for another number. So I’m sure and would hope he will enjoy playing for Manchester United, relax and play in the way he wants to play.”
However, Depay has endured a stop-start season with United and was put under heavy scrutiny after his error of judgement, allowing Stoke City to score their first goal in their 2-0 win over the Red Devils. Depay was duly substituted at half-time, but current Chelsea interim manager, Guus Hiddink has come to the Dutchman’s rescue.
Speaking to Sky Sports, Hiddink said, “”He’s a very young guy. He has this talent but he’s also now having a confrontation with the demands of the Premier League, which are much higher in intensity of the game during 90 minutes. That’s a period all players, not just him, have to overcome, and I think they need time for that.”
The Dutch international will be looking to emulate the form of his predecessors sooner rather than later, but will know that he will have to work hard if he wishes to full-fill his own destiny of becoming a Manchester United legend.