Dutch forward Memphis Depay is one of those to struggle for game time since the arrival of Jose Mourinho in the summer as he continues to fail to live up to his price tag from last summer, but the winger is now growing frustrated at the lack of game time as he revealed:
“I am the same person and I know what I want. A supporting role is nothing for me. I’m not a player who is happy with the fact that he is at Manchester United. This is my dream club, but I want to play. It’s difficult. I’m ready to play but must wait for my chance. I feel like a loaded gun.”
Former youth coach Paul McGuiness has also given an in-depth interview to the Manchester Evening News as he discussed the recent call-up of former United youth player Michael Keane, with the ex-under 18s manager saying:
“At 15/16 Michael was not the most talented of the group. Quite a few people didn’t see a lot in him… Jonny Evans (now at West Brom) and Ryan Shawcross (Stoke) had similar problems at United…
The big thing about Michael, however, was his determination. Because when he was 15/16 his body wasn’t developed we didn’t think he would gain that much from full time training so we advised him to stay on at school and train with us part time… He is a fantastic example to any young player. The problem Manchester United managers have is the demand for success every game…
Someone like Rio Ferdinand, for instance, was playing at the top level for West Ham as a teenager. He made a lot of mistakes but he learnt from them and West Ham could allow him to do that. At United they couldn’t let that happen for too long with players because the expectations to succeed are so high. Michael also had the problem at United when he was about ready to break through that the team were not playing well. You cannot throw young players into that kind of atmosphere.”
Keane was allowed to leave Old Trafford in 2015 for just £2.5 million, and is now wanted by Chelsea for at least £25 million after he has impressed at Burnley both in their promotion campaign and now in the Premier League. With an England cap a possibility on Saturday or next Tuesday, he could be one that got away for United.
However, goalkeeper Sergio Romero is one of the current squad who could not be happier with life at Old Trafford as he has praised Jose Mourinho and his backroom team for their new training methods, saying:
“We’ve been working and training in a way that maybe in the past, we hadn’t been used to. We are doing lots of exercises in just one activity; we’re not just focusing on practising just one part of our game but we are aware that goalkeeper training nowadays is based more upon game situations. And we don’t limit ourselves to just one situation but we practise two or three of them together.”
Romero is a clear second choice goalkeeper in the United squad, but it will come as a boost for Mourinho after suggestions that the squad were growing frustrated after the manager publicly criticised his players.
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