Memphis Depay's critics have been urged to be patient in the wait for the new Manchester United signing to discover his best form following his summer move from PSV Eindhoven. The Netherlands international has been ineffectual in each of United's two Premier League wins against Tottenham Hotspur and Aston Villa.
Depay cost the Old Trafford club a reported £25m according to The Daily Telegraph, however Louis van Gaal's side have looked blunt in attack, mustering just three shots on target in two matches. The 21-year-old missed a guilt-edged chance in the 1-0 win at Villa Park, which was inspired by Adnan Januzaj's early goal.
The Belgian international came in for significant praise after his first goal since April 2014, leading to former Liverpool and England midfielder Jamie Redknapp claiming he was more talented than United's summer signing Depay. But United defender Daley Blind had urged caution over the expectations of Depay in the early weeks of his Premier League career."I'm very happy for Adnan," Blind told MUTV. "He tries very hard in the training sessions and now we've seen how skilful he is with the goal, so I'm very pleased for him.
"I think it's a matter of time for Memphis. You've seen how much quality he has and how strong he is. We can see some nice things from him. He's just got to keep going, he tries very hard and the goals will come for sure."
Redknapp was full of praise for Januzaj after his goal claimed all three points for United, and secured their first away win of the campaign. Januzaj had not made a start in the top flight since February and the Sky Sports pundit feels his talent is undervalued.
"United have signed Memphis Depay for £25m, I think they already had someone in their ranks who is more talented," he told Sky Sports. "Januzaj is an exceptional player. He's a special player. I remember the first time I saw him playing for United, the two goals he scored against Sunderland. He can do special things with a football.
"Now, he wasn't magnificent today by any stretch of the imagination, but the footballing arrogance will come when he plays more and gains confidence. He drifts pass people, he has a unique talent like that. Once he gets in the box he comes alive. He's a special player in this team, he can turn people inside out as he did today when he produced a piece of skill to leave Micah Richards for dead before finding the back of the net."