Memphis Depay struggles on his return to starting XI against Middlesbrough

by Leo Nieboer

Memphis Depay looked massively out of sorts during Manchester United’s Capital One Cup penalty shootout defeat against Middlesbrough on Wednesday night.

The Dutchman, who is currently suffering from a dip in form and confidence, was given his first start since the 3-0 drubbing away to Arsenal against the Championship side.

Including Memphis in the starting XI was a move many expected Louis van Gaal would make, with an opportunity to run at a Championship side a seemingly ideal remedy for recent dip in confidence.

However, making no attempts on goal, the 21-year-old never managed to impose himself on a game that was desperately lacking any attacking potency.

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Settling into life at Old Trafford is never easy, especially for young foreign imports, and Memphis is acting as an appropriate example of what life can be like for players struggling to adjust to English football.

But while Memphis’ poor form is worrying, it’s far from cataclysmic. Acclimatising to the Premier League takes time; as does coming to terms with the weight and pressure brought by the No.7 shirt.

A positive for Man United fans is that Memphis is undoubtedly capable of producing moments of sheer brilliance. His brace against Club Brugge back in August was not only spectacular in terms of its sheer technical quality, but also vitally important in the context of his side’s entire season. Write Memphis off at your peril. He will, in time, discover the form that propelled him into the world’s footballing spotlight in the first place.

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