Memphis Depay has expressed a desire to create new memories at Manchester United this season.
The 22-year-old arrived at Old Trafford last year on a wave of optimism following a storming season with PSV Eindhoven, but has struggled to recreate his blistering form at Man United, aside from a few moments of brilliance.
Memphis’ dramatic drop in potency and confidence has led to a sudden descent down the pecking order under Jose Mourinho, who is yet to award the Dutchman a Premier League start.
Despite being consigned to the periphery of proceedings at Old Trafford, Memphis is still clearly determined to make his mark at United.
That photo, taken amidst the celebrations of Memphis’ spectacular goal against Club Bruges, instils a level of nostalgia. More specifically, it takes me back to a moment where, very briefly, I was simply convinced that Memphis was the real deal. That he was the man to rocket this United side to both domestic and continental glory.
He was, you could tell, brimming with confidence, clearly determined to make that game his. And he did, netting two goals and grabbing a spectacular assist.
Fast-forward one year and the contrast couldn’t be starker: his latest substitute appearance, this time against Stoke City, revealed a man bereft of belief in himself, aimlessly chasing the ball without any real conviction.
It has been a gloomy decline, and United fans will hope that Memphis can pull himself out of the mire as the season goes on.