Memphis Depay has declared he deleted his disappointing opening season at Manchester United.
The Dutchman arrived at Old Trafford back in the summer of 2015 on a wave of optimism and expectation following a sensational season with PSV Eindhoven.
However, much to the disappointment of supporters, Memphis’ first season at Man United was characterised by confidence issues and a discernible lack of attacking potency, leading to his exclusion from the FA Cup final squad altogether.
Reflecting on an ultimately tumultuous campaign under Louis van Gaal, Memphis made it clear that he has effectively etched last season from his brain.
“In the summer I turned the knob. Control-Alt-Delete,” he said.
Unfortunately for Memphis – and for everyone, really – you cannot simply delete particular periods of your life, try as you might. In my opinion at least, every passing day of one’s existence has a bearing on how they are as an individual today.
The 21-year-old may want to forget last season (so do I, to be quite honest), but those nine months heavily inform the player he is today: a confidence sapped, muted presence out wide, consigned to the status of fourth choice left winger. A set-back is only a set-back if you don’t learn from it, and Memphis’ decision to ignore last season won’t help when it comes to diagnosing where it all went wrong, and how he can improve in the future.