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Published: 11:05 | 24/2/16

Depay admits not meeting expectations


Memphis Depay admits he has failed to live up to expectations since his move to Manchester City but he believes it is only a matter of time before he proves his doubters wrong.

Depay arrived at Old Trafford with a lofty reputation after scoring 28 goals in all competitions for PSV Eindhoven the previous season, but he has struggled to adapt to the Premier League with his goal in last week's Europa League defeat to FC Midtjylland only his sixth for the club.

His poor form saw him dropped but he the ongoing injury crisis has seen him return to the starting line-up and he knows he has to work hard to prove himself worthy of a regular place in the first team.

"No, not yet," Depay replied when asked whether he had lived up to expectations. "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 [when I will be up to speed] 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."

Depay admits the difference between the two leagues is one of the reasons for his struggles in England.

"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," he explained.

"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."

The 22-year-old has been working hard with assistant manager Ryan Giggs in a bid to improve his form and he has paid tribute to the former United winger.

"Ryan Giggs is a legend. 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," Depay revealed.

"Working with him makes me even hungrier on the training ground, it makes me want to try new things. It is really inspiring and, at the same time, helpful."

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