Manchester United winger Memphis Depay has stressed that he cannot play second fiddle anymore and that he needs to play if he has to stay at Old Trafford. The Dutchman signed under Louis van Gaal in 2015 but has struggled to acclimatise himself to the Premier League and is yet to make a league start this season.

Depay has come off the bench thrice this season and has failed to register a single goal or assist, thus failing to establish himself in Jose Mourinho's good books. The 22-year-old made a name for himself in the 2014 Fifa World Cup where he led the Oranje to the semi-finals, eventually losing to Argentina on their way to the finals. However, despite his lack of appearances, he insists that the manager has faith in him.

"I am the same person and I know what I want," Depay told Dutch newspaper Metro Nieuws, as quoted by Sky Sports. "A supporting role is not for me. I'm not a player who is happy with the fact that he is under contract with Manchester United. This is my dream club, but I want to play."

"The training sessions are going well, I'm sharp and fit, but that applies to everyone," added Depay. "The level has become higher. Jose Mourinho is a top coach. he has expressed his confidence in me. Personally, but also in the press.

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Depay's future at United is uncertain given the clash between his style and Mourinho's Getty

The Red Devils are going through a lean patch, losing to Manchester City and Watford, before drawing against Stoke City last weekend. The Red Devils were the dominant force for major portions of the fixture but failed to put the ball into the net. They face Liverpool at Anfield next after the international break, where a failure to win would put the manager under massive pressure.