The Dutchman, who has failed to impress supporters since joining the club, garnered some praise after looking lively in the defeat to FC Midtjylland last Thursday.
He was, however, unable to impress supporters against the League One side:
— Football Pundit (@FootballIndexP) February 22, 2016
Depay is a mixture between djemba djemba and Luke Chadwick
— Danny NIcholls (@dannynicho) February 22, 2016
If we want to be the old United, we need a better #7 than Memphis Depay. #MUFC
— Belgian Chocolate (@InterNester) February 22, 2016
Memphis Depay has to be one of the biggest FLOPS ever seen in english football? Awful player….
— BIG DAVE (MBE) (@FootyBantLAD) February 22, 2016
— Simon Mahon (@SimonPlanMahon) February 22, 2016
Memphis and Lingard can't be at Manchester United next season, not good enough. #mufc
— Adam Fox (@AdamFox94) February 22, 2016
As expected, Man United dominated possession throughout this tie against considerably weaker opposition. But the 22-year-old was, in spite of this, unable to assert himself on proceedings, looking tentative on the ball on too many occasions during the first period.
The second half, which saw the home side inevitably tire from perpetual chasing, was a different story for Memphis, who looked far more comfortable with the ball at his feet. He managed to set up several openings and, in general, was a far more composed character.
Such derision, then, is a bit unfair. As a player who thrives primarily on confidence, playing your debut season in England for a morale-sapped side was always going to prove difficult. United fans often forget that – probably because of the astronomical price-tag – Memphis is still very young, and is still learning – he will, in time, show the raw talent he so clearly possesses.