Memphis Depay had a night to forget as Manchester United were knocked out of the Capital One Cup by Middlesbrough on Wednesday evening.
The Dutchman was left frustrated by a stubborn Middlesbrough defence and he often found himself dispossessed while running at the opposition. He was eventually replaced by Anthony Martial after 70 minutes played.
Memphis has endured a difficult start to life at Man United following his summer move from PSV Eindhoven and his display against Middlesbrough did nothing to help his cause.
Some supporters criticised Memphis while others leapt to his defence:
Memphis still being Memphis. Total crap. Something is really wrong with that boy.
— Synglle (@Synglle) October 28, 2015
Memphis needs some real mentor. Not sure what he is smoking, but surely has to change. Wouldn't be surprised if Young comes on.
— Adithya Kumar (@uhdithya) October 28, 2015
Bruh what's happening to Memphis
— Roudvik Abdalian (@Rudy_Abdalian) October 28, 2015
Memphis been terrible. Thought he'd come out firing on his first start back. We're struggling to break down a championship side!! #mufc
— Asad_Jeewa (@Asad_133) October 28, 2015
Patience is required with Memphis,he's ours and we'll back him #mufc
— Daniel (@Dandivine7) October 28, 2015
Guys slating Memphis….but why he's still young and the fans are putting too much pressure on him
— Love Manchester United🇹🇿🇹🇿 (@Garfieldoscar) October 28, 2015
Memphis having another shocker. Don't see him lasting the whole game, he's been awful while Wilson has been almost as bad #mufc
— Gregg Bryer (@GBryer) October 28, 2015
Memphis was shocking tonight, gave the ball away and then just stood there! No tracking back, nothing. Feel for Rojo.
— Charlie (@Charlanardo) October 28, 2015
It is clear that there is a talent in Memphis and he will need time but patience wears thin at a club like United, where every player is expected to perform in every game.
Louis van Gaal has handled a number of young players during his long career and it is likely that he will know exactly what to do with Memphis. His time will come, although it is unclear if he will keep his place in the starting XI in the short term.