Quite the fanfare surrounded Memphis Depay’s £25million move to Manchester United during summer.
After being nominated for the Young Player of the Tournament award at the 2014 World Cup and finishing up as the Eredivisie’s top scorer during his ultimate campaign with PSV, the prodigious winger was hailed as ‘the Dutch Cristiano Ronaldo’ upon being announced as the Red Devils’ first signing of the summer in May.
Yet, the Depay seeming destined for Ballon d’Or realms of greatness still hasn’t quite turned up at Old Trafford. He’s scored just five times across all competitions thus far – a far cry from his 28 goals last season – and was even dropped by Louis van Gaal for over a month after being hauled off in a 3-0 defeat to Arsenal.
Most expected an improved performance from the 21-year-old this evening upon facing his former employers in the Champions League, especially after netting against Watford on Saturday.
But Depay’s performance in the first half has been disturbingly disappointing, failing to record a single successful dribble in 45 minutes whilst producing just one effort at goal. Stat enthusiasts Whoscored.com have awarded him a rating of 6.4 and that lowly estimation of the winger was shared by frustrated United fans on social media.
Here are some of Twitter’s best reactions to Depay’s abject first have display:
Memphis back to his awful best. He's so predictable and blatantly obvious what he's going to do every time he gets the ball #mufc
— Gregg Bryer (@GBryer) November 25, 2015
Watching Memphis run around trying to be Ronaldo is so painful to watch
— Nicholas Eversfield (@NicholasEvo) November 25, 2015
I didn't get to see Memphis at PSV much, only really seen him for Holland and he looked lively. Looks stiff as a board at the minute.
— Ryan Evans (@Rye_Evans87) November 25, 2015
Didn't take clubs long to work out that Memphis always cuts onto his right foot. When is he going to realize that he's predictable?!? #MUFC
— Daniel Brits (@DanBrits87) November 25, 2015