The Dutchman has been one of Man United’s better performers as of late but he was largely ineffectual against the Potters during the opening exchanges.
Memphis was then at fault for Stoke’s opener as his meek backwards header failed to reach David de Gea, allowing Glen Johnson to tee up Bojan to score. United supporters were frustrated with Memphis’ performance:
People are slating Memphis, but why is he playing on the wing? He plays his best upfront like I've always said. He doesn't do defensive work
— Jordan Khera (@JordiKhera) December 26, 2015
How bad was Memphis in the first half? Wayne Rooney has been an upgrade over him!
— Hootinho (@hootinho) December 26, 2015
LVG dropped Martial and Memphis in the deep end and expected fireworks in their debut BPL seasons. Poor management.
— Another One (@BasqueMaestro) December 26, 2015
Van Gaal should have left Memphis in and taken Fellaini out! #MUFC
— Nina Romero (@Yanina_Romero) December 26, 2015
Memphis Depay is certainly not the Flying Dutchman Van Persie was.
— Ismail (@IsmailSahak) December 26, 2015
That was pathetic from Memphis. He must have noticed the wind…kick it man! #MUFC
— Kevin Palmer (@kpsundayworld) December 26, 2015
Hope Memphis doesn't beat himself up over the criticism he might receive.He's Young and he is only going to get better the harder he works.
— Cathan (@CathanBezJones) December 26, 2015
There were high hopes for Memphis upon his arrival at Old Trafford this summer but he has failed to find the form which once made him one of the most revered young talent’s in the world.
The youngster reportedly enjoys a good relationship with van Gaal but it looks like he may have played a part in his downfall as the defeat against Stoke leaves the experienced coach on the brink of the sack.
Whatever happens to van Gaal, Memphis will know that he needs to be much better if he is to succeed at Old Trafford in the future.