Photos: Memphis Depay in training with Man United ahead of Feyenoord

by Leo Nieboer

Memphis Depay has been pictured training ahead of Manchester United’s opening Europa League game with Feyenoord on Thursday.

The Dutchman, following an abject first season at Old Trafford, has failed to break into Jose Mourinho’s starting XI this season.

His one appearance so far this season came from the bench in a 3-1 win over AFC Bournemouth, but with Mourinho looking to rotate the squad against the Dutch side, the 21-year-old could receive an opportunity to make his first start under the Special One.

Memphis was seen training with the senior squad earlier today in preparation for the contest with Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s side.

As Mourinho continues to establish a pecking order at Man United, Memphis – now the fourth choice left-winger, unable to break into the national side – could find himself consigned to the doldrums at Old Trafford, nothing more than a relic of a failed Louis van Gaal era.

The game against Feyenoord – a team Memphis knows well from his days at PSV Eindhoven – represents a crucial opportunity for the Dutchman. United’s last visit to Holland saw Memphis run riot against PSV, scoring a wonderful goal on a night overshadowed by defeat and a horrific injury to Luke Shaw.

Returning to his home country once more, Memphis, in the interest of his career as a whole, needs to demonstrate his unquestionable value to not just Mourinho, but to a footballing world that has essentially written him off after one substandard season.

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