The Dutchman, who has been largely ostracised by Louis van Gaal this term, was handed a rare start and duly delivered, scoring an important away goal and producing an energetic display.
Supporters were happy to see the Dutchman rediscover some much needed form in a Man United shirt:
Delighted to see Memphis on the scoresheet from one of the weirdest plays of football I've seen. Could have easily conceded.
— Liam Canning (@LiamPaulCanning) February 18, 2016
Another wonderful cross from Memphis, should be 2-1. Woeful from Mata.
— Terry Flewers (@terryflewers) February 18, 2016
Gorgeous ball from Memphis that
— Paul (@NQATPaul) February 18, 2016
The story of Memphis has compared with the wider story of United this season; brimming with promise, the occasional bright moment, but mainly a failure.
Tonight, regardless of the result, United fans can be satisfied with the way their No.7 played. The 22-year-old was mostly peripheral for the first half until his scuffed goal on 37 minutes, which acted as a catalyst for a more dynamic performance throughout the game.
At 1-1, the Dutchman delivered a pinpoint ball to Juan Mata, whose header drifted wide, which consequently gave the initiative to the home side before they netted the winner. Van Gaal will hope he can recreate a similar performance in a must-win home leg next week.