Maybe we finally have a reason for Memphis Depay’s struggling form of late.
The Dutch winger got off to a reasonable start at Manchester United, cementing himself in the team’s starting XI and scoring several impressive goals.
But the last six weeks has seen his form nose dive, with compatriot Louis van Gaal dropping him to the subs bench in place of youngster Jesse Lingard, who has grabbed the opportunity with both hands.
And the £25 million summer signing from PSV Eindhoven has admitted that since arriving in England he has gained considerable weight onto his already muscular frame.
He told Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf that could be the reason behind his recent omission from the team but insists he is behaving in the correct manner, saying:
“I get to eat well at home…It is cooked for me. I have my own cook.
“It’s all well-organised there. I’m doing things like that. But no, as a player that’s not offered (by Man United) for free.
“People do not know what I have to do to be fit…perhaps there is a picture that I’m not doing that, but that’s nonsense.
“Since I joined Manchester United I’ve gained five kilos. And that’s not fat, huh. Only muscle mass. It’s pretty bizarre. It’s also due to the heavy rhythm in England. I now weigh 85 kilos.”
“When I stood on the scales first I thought, ‘OK, do you?’ My body is still developing. Now I’m a little heavier. I work a lot on my co-ordination and starting speed.”
Depay will be looking to regain his spot in the Red Devils’ starting line-up following the international break, when the Old Trafford team travel to Watford looking to leap-frog Manchester City to the summit of the Premier League.