With talismanic figures such as Wayne Rooney and Chris Smalling both out, alongside the loss of attacking linchpin Anthony Martial on short notice, tonight was the night for the Dutchman to stand up and make himself counted.
And he duly did that, producing a top attacking display against the Danish side. Needless to say, Man United fans were very impressed.
Memphis has easily been our best player so far
Good to see him hit some form. #mufc
— ???? Totally Man Utd™ ???? (@TotallyMUFC) February 25, 2016
Memphis is exciting me tonight! #mufc
— All For United (@allforunited) February 25, 2016
On the bright side Memphis looks lively ???? ???? #mufc
— Adam Palmer (@APalmer_Trainer) February 25, 2016
There are moments in a player’s career where, almost out of nowhere, everything inexplicably clicks into place. Memphis is a confidence player, and nights like tonight are capable of injecting fire back into the beleaguered 22-year-old’s veins.
The first half saw Memphis grab the game by the scruff of the neck; he completed nine dribbles in the first period, which is a record for a Manchester United player in a game under Louis van Gaal (which perhaps tells you more about the nature of van Gaal’s system above anything else).
The second half saw Memphis drive the Danes into oblivion. He was simply unstoppable, light years ahead of anybody the pitch in terms of sheer technical quality and tenacity. His goal in the 90th minute, which signalled the first time a van Gaal side has scored five, was no less than what he deserved.