Memphis Depay hires personal chef following weight gain at Man United

Image: Memphis Depay is aiming to rediscover his best form for Manchester United

Manchester United winger Memphis Depay has employed a personal chef after putting on five kilograms since joining the club.

Depay joined United from PSV Eindhoven in the summer, but has endured a mixed start to life in England and has completed just six matches since his arrival. 

He was an unused substitute during last Saturday's 2-0 Premier League victory over West Bromwich Albion at Old Trafford, having also been restricted to the dugout in the matches against Everton and Manchester City last month. 

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United manager Louis van Gaal recently admitted he is worried the 21-year-old may not be able to adapt to his philosophy, while Netherlands coach Danny Blind dropped Depay from the national squad claiming he is not always a team player. 

Depay responded by saying he is working hard on "getting back to the top" and has even gone to the lengths of hiring a personal chef to ensure he is eating correctly after discovering his weight had increased since making the move to United. 

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"When I stood on the scales first I thought, 'OK, is this correct?' My body is still developing. Now I'm a little heavier. I work a lot on my co-ordination and starting speed," he said.

"Since I joined Manchester United, I've gained five kilos.

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"And that's not fat. Only muscle mass. It's pretty bizarre. It's also due to the heavy rhythm in England. I now weigh 85 kilos."

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