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Daley Blind backs Memphis Depay to score goals soon

Manchester United's Daley Blind has backed team-mate Memphis Depay to score goals as he adjusts himself to the Premier League.

Memphis Depay made his second start for Manchester United against Aston Villa

Daley Blind insists that Memphis Depay just needs time to adjust to the Premier League after his £25 million move from PSV Eindhoven, according to ESPN. The 21-year-old failed to make a impression on the pitch in his second consecutive start for his club, as his side laboured to a 1-0 win over Aston Villa in their English Premier League match at the Villa Park.

Depay made his debut at Old Trafford last week during his side’s opening day victory over Tottenham Hotspur and showed some moments of brilliance throughout the match, without really making much of an impact on the match. Against Aston Villa he had a chance to score in the second half but lacked the composure to put it past Guzan, as the shot went just wide. 

Fellow countryman Daley Blind spoke about Depay during an interview with Manchester United TV, praising the winger’s quality and strength while also maintaining that he will get the goals soon.

"I think it's a matter of time for Memphis. You've seen how much quality he has and how strong he is," he told MUTV, as quoted on ESPN. "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."

‘Three points are the most important thing’

The 25-year-old Dutch international has seen another positional change at the beginning of his second season at the club, partnering Chris Smalling in defence as they managed two clean-sheets in as many games. He was primarily used as a left-back and a central defensive midfielder in the previous season, but also looked quite solid in an unfamiliar position this time around. 

Blind praised his team’s performance and clean-sheet at the Villa Park, which extended their 20-year unbeaten record at the stadium. 

"It was something we talked about, starting afresh for the away games, but it's a good start.” he said. “Last year, we gave some things away in the games, but now you've seen how strong we are at the end - we kept a clean sheet and fought for everything.”

He added: "I think again it was a real team performance, especially off the ball. We created some chances and we could have scored more, but we didn't give anything away and won 1-0. Three points are the most important thing."

The Reds will now gear up to face Club Brugge in the Champions League qualifier at the Old Trafford, following which they welcome Newcastle United.

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