Memphis Depay made his first appearance in a Manchester United shirt against Club America in Seattle and certainly didn’t disappoint.
The Dutchman, temporarily wearing the No.9 shirt for the Reds, was deployed just behind main striker Wayne Rooney in the No.10 role which came as a surprise to many who expected to see him on the left flank.
However, he really showed some guile and intelligence in that position and it let fans know that his game is not simply about pace and power but has a refined edge to it as well.
Memphis linked up well with Rooney and put him through on goal on a couple of occasions but United’s captain couldn’t convert. Overall, he’ll be happy with his debut just like the fans were:
Memphis is linking up everything extremely well between midfield and attack atm.
— Der FußballGott (@FutbolFinn) July 18, 2015
Memphis is playing the role Robben did at the World Cup. Sitting in the No.10 role behind Rooney. Has already said he's a striker.
— United Peoples TV (@UnitedPeoplesTV) July 18, 2015
Young not happy with Depay having a shot when he was better positioned but nothing wrong with a bit of confidence #mufc
— Stuart Mathieson (@StuMathiesonMEN) July 18, 2015
First impression: Memphis is bloody exciting. Schneiderlin bossing the midfield. Darmian solid.
— Vik (@IconicNumber7) July 18, 2015
— Harry Robinson (@HarryRobinson64) July 18, 2015
— MUFC Peoples Person (@PeoplesPerson_) July 18, 2015
Great 1st half for the new signings. Darmian looks solid & always getting forward. Schniederlin is everywhere & Depay a joy to watch.
— Alex Simmonds (@alex_simmo) July 18, 2015
Depay's vision is A LOT better than I thought it would be
— Elijah (@AliSchripto) July 18, 2015
Depay had a few cracking moments in the first half including the first touch pass to put Rooney through on goal. However, he’ll be demanding more from himself in the next game because he has that sort of approach to the game.
The world is now at Memphis’ feet but what he has to do is take it all one game at a time and keep aiming to improve with every performance, which we’re sure he will.