Manchester United midfielder Memphis Depay is determined to stay at Old Trafford and fight for his place next season. The 22-year-old Dutchman endured a disappointing first season in English football, but has revealed he is eager to prove his worth over the next 12 months.
Depay - who has already been linked with a move away from Old Trafford - joined United from PSV Eindhoven for a reported fee of £25m ($36.6m) last summer. The forward admitted failure to realise his own ambitions since signing for the Red Devils, but has promised to improve under new United boss Jose Mourinho.
"It's not been a bad year, but it's not been a good year," Depay told Unscriptd. "It's been right there in the middle. I have more expectations from myself and the fans as well, that's normal."
The United star admitted he struggled to adjust to the style of the Premier League. "It's been new for me, this season, to play in the Premier League," he said. "The experience that I get this season is important, also the things I have to deal with. Sometimes I've made a mistake or I haven't played good for a game and you get put on the bench. It's new for me as well."
Depay also added he found it tough being in and out of the United side, having previously been a crucial player at PSV Eindhoven. "Last season I was playing and I was scoring every game and this season it's 50-50," he said. "I have some games on the bench for 90 minutes. That's new and it's hard. Of course it p****s you off, to be honest, sometimes.
"But you need to keep going and keep believing in yourself because you are the first person who must believe in yourself. No matter what, you have to always keep your chest out. Sometimes it's hard, it's really hard.
"But I'm still young, 22," the United player reasoned. "If you believe in something that you can achieve, I think you will make it if you put everything into it. That's my motto: dream, believe, achieve. I don't want to give up on anything."