Where is it all going wrong for this Manchester United star?

first_imgAs Memphis Depay struggles to make an impact at Manchester United, football statistics analysts WhoScored.com take a close look where it’s all going wrong for the Dutch starlet. Check out more Man United stats at WhoScored.com.When Manchester United secured the services of Anthony Martial, most scoffed at the fee. The young Frenchman became the most expensive teenager in history when United signed him for an initial fee believed to be in the region of £36million on transfer deadline day. However, the doubters were quick to shelve their assertions. The 19-year-old swiftly went about his business with ruthless efficiency, netting three goals from just six shots in his opening four Premier League appearances for the Manchester giants thus far.Such form has seen him gain a WhoScored.com rating of 7.60, better than every United player. He’s quickly adjusted to the rigours of English football, which in turn has propelled the club up to 3rd in the table, two points behind title favourites and fierce rivals Manchester City. While Martial has had the desired effect, however, the same cannot be said of Memphis Depay. United and PSV came to an agreement over the transfer of the Dutchman back in May and after a stunning season – Memphis scored more goals (22) than any other Eredivisie player last term – big things were expected of the attacker upon his arrival at Old Trafford.Eight games in, however, and Memphis has more or less flattered to deceive. The Netherlands international has gained a WhoScored.com rating of just 6.62, that the 5th worst of players to start all eight league matches so far. After a series of fine performances in pre-season, the 21-year-old has initially struggled in England’s top-flight.One league goal to his name is certainly a disappointing return given his goalscoring exploits for PSV last season. The favoured approach of the winger is to cut onto his right foot from the left flank, similar to Cristiano Ronaldo, with a statistically calculated WhoScored.com strength of ‘long shots’ suggesting this approach worked in the Netherlands last campaign. However, this route to goal has failed in the Premier League thus far.A conversion rate of just 4% is one of the worst of all goalscorers in the Premier League this season. Given his total of 25 shots ranks among the top 10 players in the top tier of English football so far, it certainly makes for poor reading for the player and club. Nevertheless, this has clearly not had an adverse effect on Memphis’ confidence as he looks to make an impact in England’s top tier.Fortunately, his underwhelming start to life in Manchester has not had an adverse effect on the club’s performances. A 3-0 defeat at Arsenal prior to the international break was hardly ideal, but the likes of Martial and Juan Mata continue to excel, meaning the pressure is not on Memphis to rapidly turn his form around. Expectations, though, remain high on him to better his early-season performances sooner rather than later, in particular to add an end product to his game.Of all players currently at the club, only Martial (2.3) is averaging more successful dribbles per game than Memphis (1.4). He is still more than capable of beating his opponent when the opportunity presents itself. It’s his final delivery, though, that needs to be refined in order to be deemed a success in England.At his age, there is plenty of time for Memphis to develop and adjust accordingly to English football. He needs patience as he looks to make his mark in the Premier League and the player has certainly showed glimpses that he is capable of fulfilling his potential for United. The early displays have been disappointing, but that is no reason to write Memphis off as a flop after just eight league games in England.For more stats on Memphis Depay, click here to view his WhoScored.com player page Memphis Depay 1last_img read more