Memphis Depay only managed a brief cameo appearance late in the second half of the 1-0 Europa League defeat against Feyenoord. He failed to impact the game from the bench, but showed slight glimpses of flair. However, failing to make the starting line up in a heavily rotated squad spells worrying times for highly rated Dutch man.
Louis Van Gaal beat both Liverpool and PSG to the signature of the 22-year-old forward for a reported £26M from PSV Eindhoven last summer. This was on the back of a dazzling season in the Dutch Eredivisie in which he was named the top goal scorer with 22 goals.
France Football named Memphis the “Best Young Player” in the world in 2015 and was widely regarded as the most exciting young player to come out of the Eredivisie since fellow Dutch compatriot Arjen Robben.
His pacey and tricky playing style earned him a comparison with former Man United Number 7 Cristiano Ronaldo who believes “Memphis is one of the best young players in the world”. Wayne Rooney, Arjen Robben and Marco van Basten have all stated similar claims.
During the 2015/16 Season, Memphis’ Number 7 Man United jersey was the third most sold after Ronaldo and Messi. It’s clear he began life in Manchester as a fan favorite, but the fan’s patience is now running out.
Don’t believe the Memphis hype?
His debut season with Man United didn’t exactly dazzle the fans or the manager with just 7 goals in his 46 appearances.
His ability, however, was evident from the start, most notably against Club Brugge at Old Trafford, scoring twice and assisting Fellaini’s final goal.
Memphis struggled with consistency and form, but his greatest obstacle came in the form on a rather unknown French teenager, Anthony Martial who signed from AS Monaco in the same season only hours before the transfer window shut.
Martial secured his spot on the left-hand side of the pitch after his debut against Liverpool scoring a memorable final goal off the bench and 2 more goals in his first Premier League start away at Southampton 8 days later.
Memphis has been overlooked by Mourinho this season, only featuring for one Premier League minute as a late substitute against Bournemouth back on matchday one, but Mourinho had pledged to give him and other fringe players a chance to shine during the month of September when the games come thick and fast.
Disappointed not to start against Feyenoord, Memphis needs to grasp every opportunity to impress the boss in order to fight his way back into the starting 11. With Martial’s current form under question, perhaps further opportunities await for Memphis to showcase his quality and his value to the squad.
It’s do-or-die for Memphis this season as Jose Mourinho eye’s a move for Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann next summer. An under-performing Memphis may need to make way for yet another Frenchman.
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