Memphis started the game against his former club on the left wing and would have been full of confidence going into the game following his performance against Watford at the weekend. The Dutchman scored only his second Premier League goal against the Hornets and fans were expecting another good display.
However, Memphis struggled to make an impact on the game. Nothing he tried seemed to come off and he cut an increasingly frustrated figure as the game wore on. United fans voiced their displeasure at his performance:
Memphis was very disappointing tonight. Thought he'd kick on from Watford. Kinda gets a tad meek when he's frustrated, unlike Lingard.
— Scott Weber (@scottyscottyw) November 25, 2015
Lovely to hear PSV away fans singing their @Memphis chant when he was substituted. He had a bit of a mare though…
— MUFC Peoples Person (@PeoplesPerson_) November 25, 2015
Today is not Memphis day.. Only thing that can save him staying on is scoring a banger
— James (@jimmydan33) November 25, 2015
Or even get Memphis more upfront. He's forgotten how to beat a man from wide.
— Mané Garrincha (@VickieOfficiel) November 25, 2015
United have played well but the final 3rd as always has been dull. Think Memphis will be subbed off before second half begins.
— Pasha (@Pash021) November 25, 2015
Memphis has not been mint.
— Gaz Drinkwater (@Radio_Gaz) November 25, 2015
Memphis is running into too many brick walls tonight #mufc
— Stuart Mathieson (@StuMathiesonMEN) November 25, 2015
Memphis has not had an easy start to life at Old Trafford and has struggled to adapt to the Premier League. He would be expected to perform better on a more familiar European stage, especially against his old club but that was not to be the case. There was a sense of inevitability every time the Dutchman took on a player and was thwarted as he continued to divide opinion among supporters.
The 21-year-old will hope he has just about done enough to keep his place in the side for United’s top of the table clash with Leicester City on Saturday.