Memphis Depay failed to take a rare chance to impress during Manchester United’s 1-0 defeat at the hands of Feyenoord in the Europa League on Thursday night.
The Dutchman, who, prior to the contest with the Dutch side, had failed to make the bench for Man United’s last three games, was given the opportunity to take control of proceedings after being introduced with 30 minutes left in Rotterdam.
But despite his efforts, Memphis cut a peripheral, confidence sapped figure as United succumbed to their fourth straight European away defeat.
A look at his stats demonstrates a painful inability to influence the game: 0 shots on target, 1 successful cross, 5 forward passes, 0 take ons.
With Mourinho looking to rotate his squad with Sunday’s clash with Watford in mind, the game with Feyenoord presented a vital opportunity for Memphis – now seemingly Mourinho’s fourth choice winger – to remind everyone of why he was given the No.7 shirt in the first place
Unfortunately, however, this was a reincarnation of the confidence sapped, impotent Memphis that quickly descended into anonymity last season. One couldn’t question his intent and desire, but the 21-year-old was ultimately bereft of cutting edge, and was easily contained by Bart Nieuwkoop.
One feels that, unless Memphis encounters a sudden resurgence in form, the winger could become nothing more than a relic of a failed Louis van Gaal era at Old Trafford.