Manchester United midfielder Memphis Depay showed signs of improvement during the Reds’ 2-1 loss away to Bournemouth in the Premier League on Saturday.
Memphis started the game on the left wing amidst a whole host of injuries that hit Louis van Gaal‘s squad. The Dutchman helped bring Man United back on level terms in the first half after good control and a shot forced a rebound from Artur Boruc. The ‘keeper parried to Marouane Fellaini who scored United’s only goal of the game.
Memphis couldn’t have the same impact in the second period, however, as he struggled to beat a man. His movement and work rate were both encouraging but it was a shame that he could not capitalise on a chance to show United fans exactly what he is all about. Nevertheless, supporters were buoyed by his display.
Memphis, Martial and Lingard (bef. injury) are doing relatively well up front. Hopefully, LvG will give them an extended run. Let them learn
— Elko Born (@Elko_B) December 12, 2015
Since Memphis was dropped and criticised his work ethic has been sublime. Constantly running, constantly making up for losing the ball.
— Harry Robinson (@HarryRobinson64) December 12, 2015
Memphis looks sharper. Build up is quicker. Fellaini making a real nuisance of himself. Not great but better.
— Sav 🏴 🇾🇪 (@jonmikesav8) December 12, 2015
Memphis and Martial stepping up.
— Ovie (@OvieO) December 12, 2015
Said it many times but been so impressed with Memphis since he's come back into the team. Martial always dangerous.
— Hayles (@Hayles_101) December 12, 2015
United have now failed to win any of their last five games and the pressure is firmly on van Gaal. His first purchase this summer was Memphis, who was expected to come into the team and hit the ground running given his glowing reputation. However, things haven’t gone to plan for the youngster who is clearly struggling in the Premier League.
Memphis will be hoping that the extensive injury list at Old Trafford will help him get chances in the first team but it is up to him to make the left wing spot his own. It is evident that the former PSV Eindhoven wide man has a lot to improve on before he is the finished article and United fans will be hoping that he realises his potential sooner rather than later.