Memphis Depay has reportedly held crunch talks with Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal over his future at the club.
The Dutch international was tipped for big things at Old Trafford following his £25m move from PSV last summer, but he has struggled to adjust to the Premier League in his first season.
In turn, according to The Sun, he has initiated talks with his coach with a view of gaining clarity over his role at the club moving forward.
It is claimed that Van Gaal is willing to be patient with Depay, but has made it clear that he must prove to the fans that he is good enough to succeed at United.
With his commitment and desire also being brought into question, the 22-year-old is under real pressure to deliver in the closing stages of the season having failed to impress thus far.
Depay has scored just two goals in 25 Premier League appearances, and for a player of his talent with the expectations surrounding him and the fee paid by United, much more is expected.
While the off-the-pitch questions about his approach are a red mark against him, in his defence, perhaps it is merely a case of needing time to fully adjust to playing in England on a regular basis.
The Dutch winger wouldn’t be the first player to struggle in his first season in the Premier League, but his attitude over the summer will be critical in turning that around and ensuring that things only improve moving forward.
Van Gaal’s presence at Old Trafford will likely help given their history together as a new manager could arguably discard Depay altogether if he doesn’t fit into his plans.
In turn, the pair still have plenty to prove over the course of the next few weeks with United hoping to not only secure a top-four finish and qualify for the Champions League, but also seal a piece of silverware by winning the FA Cup.