Paul Scholes has criticised Manchester United forward Memphis Depay for lacking fight and quality against top teams.
Man United were beaten 2-0 by Liverpool in the Europa League first-leg round of 16 at Anfield last Thursday and Memphis was subsequently dropped to the bench for the West Ham game.
It’s been a disappointing first season overall for Memphis and Scholes firmly believes he must be performing better when he is given an opportunity.
Speaking about Memphis after the Liverpool game, Scholes said: “Now even if Memphis does get into positions, he has been poor. In games against the top teams, his quality has been really poor. Martial is a young player who will become a top centre forward. But, as a 20-year-old, he is a second or third choice.”
When he came on against West Ham on Sunday, I thought Memphis made a difference in terms of the space he was creating with his runs but he was once again too wasteful with his chances in much the same fashion as Nani was a lot of the time.
That being said, I think it’s harsh for Scholes to single out Memphis for criticism because there are hardly any United players who don’t deserve to have the finger pointed at them right now. Individuals shouldn’t be singled out when the problems are team wide.
Redemption is always just around the corner and as unlikely as it is, somehow going through in the Europa League and beating Manchester City on Sunday would see the mood shift significantly. Two losses would effectively kill the season off.
There’s no doubt that Memphis has underperformed in his first campaign but I’m going to remain patient like I was with Luke Shaw because he transformed himself in his second season which is what I’d love to see Memphis do.