The end of Memphis Depay’s time at Old Trafford?
Posted by Featured Articles | Published on July 24, 2016
Following his disastrous debut season at Old Trafford it is a crucial time for Memphis’ Manchester United career. Left on the bench for the majority of last season by Louis van Gaal because of his lacklustre performances and seemingly lacking a real work rate to contribute to the team. He will have been hoping to impress new manager Jose Mourinho in pre season but after frankly two abysmal performances his future remains in severe doubt.
Brought to Old Trafford by Louis van Gaal in the Summer of 2015 following a storming season in Holland with PSV in which he scored 28 goals in 40 appearances from the left wing. Stats that excited Manchester United fans to the extent that they expected something similar at Old Trafford. Unfortunately the reality was that Memphis scored 7 goals in 45 appearances and only 2 of those were scored in the Premier League.
The biggest concern is the performances that Memphis has put in at Old Trafford have been consistently awful. The only games he has performed well in came against Club Brugge and FC Midtjylland. The latter team the equivalent of a League 2 team so can we really take his performance in that game into account when judging Memphis? When Nani was at Old Trafford occupying the same position as Memphis it was often said that Nani was a maverick who could be unplayable one game and barley noticeable the next. This cannot be said for Memphis who despite possessing blistering pace seems unable to use it and looks heavy. Of course he has a physique we all dream of and has incredible muscles and therefore looks perfectly suited to English football but he gets pushed around far to easily.
Jose Mourinho will have wanted to see Memphis perform well in pre season if he is to remain at Old Trafford under the new manager. Unfortunately in the games against Wigan and Borussia Dortmund it has been more of the same from Memphis. The key to being a wide player under Jose Mourinho to start with is work rate in fact Mourinho demands it. The reason he was such a big fan of Willian at Chelsea was because of his incredible work rate that he contributed to the team compared to Eden Hazard for example. Memphis only lasted 45 minutes against Dortmund before being subbed at half time following an invisible performance. Clearly his new manager had seen enough of the rubbish everyone has seen since Memphis’s arrival last Summer.
With over a month of the transfer window remaining it remains to be seen what Jose Mourinho will do with Memphis. It has been touted in several transfer reports that Memphis is on the list of players that the club is willing to sell. The only way he will remain at Old Trafford is if the club is unable to find a seller and be able to bring in a suitable replacement to the squad but it is known Mourinho is keen to make the squad smaller. Or perhaps Memphis will have a drastic turnaround in form and performances in what remains of pre season to convince his manager that he has what it takes to be part of the new era at Old Trafford or if he’s just another of many failings at the club since Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement.