The 21-year-old started the game on the bench, despite scoring in his last league appearance against Watford, and was brought on in the second half to try and secure all three points for Man United in the top of the table clash. Depay couldn’t quite bring the ball down well enough inside the penalty area, resulting in him being off-balance and getting under the ball for a huge opportunity to win the game.
Van Gaal was disappointed not to finish the weekend as league leaders having not got the three points in a huge clash but, despite Memphis’s chance, the Reds did not create enough to justify deserving all three points. United dominated possession throughout the second period and van Gaal admitted that they need to create more in the final third.
When asked about the inability to produce more in the final third, the manager told manutd.com: “Yes, that we know. In the third or fourth phase we have to create more, but it is difficult because you have seen where Leicester City stand on the pitch – it was in the 60 metre area.
That is a lot of bodies in front of you, but we have created the chances to beat them, if Memphis controls [the ball] better [for his chance] then it’s a goal. We have to wait for the moment that we do that.”
It is interesting that van Gaal has chosen to single out Memphis for missing a chance, while the youngster played only part of a game where the whole team could only muster two shots on target. Both of those attempts came from set pieces, proving that United are not doing enough to win games at this moment in time.
It is clear the team are having their troubles further up the pitch, making it even more important that the forwards take their opportunities when they come their way, something that could have won three points had Memphis been more clinical in front of goal.