Memphis put in arguably his best performance in a Man United shirt against Midtjylland, terrorising the opposition defence, forcing an own goal and scoring late on.
The forward has disappointed far too often this term but his display at Old Trafford gave hope to supporters. Van Gaal praised Memphis’ “fantastic” display following the match.
“I’m very happy for him,” van Gaal said.
“You need these kind of matches and he played fantastic. He can play fantastic so maybe it’s a turning point.
“You never know. I hope it is, with all my heart, but we have to wait and see. Arsenal is another level.
“I think he was fantastic. Of course, everyone has seen that. It was also spectacular, I think, to see and watch him but I hope he shall show it also against Arsenal. As I say, it’s another level but I think I’m very confident he shall do that.”
It is clear for all to see that Memphis has an abundance of talent; of that there is no question.
Memphis certainly isn’t the first player to struggle in his first season in the Premier League and he won’t be the last. If he continues to disappoint in the next campaign, then questions will inevitably be asked of him, but supporters should be patient with Memphis to give him the best possible chance of developing fully.