Memphis Depay has admitted his frustration at his current situation at Manchester United.
The Dutchman is yet to start a league game under Jose Mourinho, who initially insisted he had total faith in him.
It wouldn’t have been at all surprising if the midfielder had moved on in the summer, but as he stayed, it was thought he’d have more of a role to play than he has done.
Memphis cost the Red Devils £35million when he signed from PSV Eindhoven, but things have gone rapidly downhill since then, his only start this season coming in the League Cup win over Northampton Town.
“I feel like a loaded gun, a loaded rifle, ready to be shot,” he told the Daily Mail, speaking on what it’s like not to be playing regularly.
The 22-year-old is relieved to currently be away on international duty, with the Netherlands gearing up for games against Belarus and France.
It’s easily forgotten that Depay scored seven goals last season under Louis van Gaal, though he was also involved in a number of defensive slip-ups when he was played closer to the back line.
Under Mourinho, it remains to be seen whether he can revive his career, but with the competition in United’s midfield, it’s hard to see Memphis carving a way back.