Manchester United summer signing Memphis Depay has been warned regarding his lifestyle by assistant manager Ryan Giggs after the Dutchman failed to turn up with a performance during the Red Devils' 3-0 loss to Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium on 4 October. The Dutchman was withdrawn at half time by Louis van Gaal following his ineffectiveness in tracking back and helping his defence.
According to the Mirror, senior figures at the Old Trafford club were concerned with the player's flashy lifestyle and have asked him to concentrate more on football, which has seen him score just one goal in eight Premier League games since arriving in a £25m ($38.3m) deal from PSV Eindhoven in the summer.
The Mirror quoted a club insider as saying, "Memphis is photographed out and about more than other players and that's not gone unnoticed."
"He's been told to keep his head down a bit while his football catches up with the rest of his profile," the source added. The 21-year-old attacker was the top scorer for PSV last season as they won the Eredivisie title, but is yet to light up the Premier League and the club are hoping that he can adapt to life in the English top-flight, before unleashing his true potential. Moreover, the player has himself admitted struggling to adapt to the intensity of the league, with the main reason being the number of games and the lack of recovery time.
"There are a lot of games in Manchester. There are very few rest days and on training days you are mainly concerned with recovering," Depay told Dutch publication De Telegraaf.
"I try to manage my career in steps, and I am still in the middle. I think [leaving PSV] was the right step and I am happy in Manchester. I am still developing."