An open letter to Memphis Depay

Memphis  you may have sold the most shirts in the premier league this season, but your performances of late have been a far cry from superstardom. No one doubts your immense talent, but by persistently cutting inside from the wing (literally every time you attack down the flank) you’re doing yourself and United absolutely no favours. Your performance against Arsenal was well below par (but don’t worry you were not alone ), you lacked energy in attack, but more worryingly belief in your own ability.

The greatest wingers to grace Old Trafford’s hallowed turf have all been able to beat their man on the outside and put in pin point crosses. When it comes to wingers United have been spoilt in that area for decades. So with the exit of Di Maria maybe we thought it was our divine right to find someone as creative,  a player who could hand out assists like tic tacs. Maybe our expectations were too high, maybe we’re all arrogant, maybe we all have bad breath?

At the moment you seem to be having a confidence crisis, it’s as simple as that. Speaking in a recent interview you mentioned that since joining United you have struggled to adjust to the physicality of the premier league. But unlike Ronaldo, you have never been lanky or scrawny, you’re not easily barged off the ball and  if  you wanted to you could give defenders some fucking issues.

If I was your coach I would be working in training to iron out your weaknesses, week in week out, the same exercise again and again. Maybe I’m just a dictator?

See the thing is Memphis you have it, the ability it’s there and I can see it. Nani had ability, but he lacked consistency. Ronaldo had talent, but he worked harder than anyone else to harness it, perfect it and learn new skills.

Not many people get to live their dream, don’t squander it, because you will look back and think I was good enough to be the best and I didn’t apply myself.

Work on your weaknesses Memphis and make them you armour, make them your strengths. A little bit of confidence goes a million miles.