Manchester United reject Memphis Depay is starting to show what he can do somewhat rejuvenated at Lyon, Memphis is in Ronald Koeman’s Netherlands squad for Friday’s game against England. This despite the fact that Koeman was once so appalled by the player’s attitude that he accused Depay of “walking around like he has won 10 European Cups” during an under-19 international game.
No doubt they recognize that character at United. The young man who once sat through a Ryan Giggs pep talk on the need to tone it down and focus on football only to show up soon after in a new Rolls Royce. Louis van Gaal coaxed a tune for Depay in Brazil, where he became his country’s youngest World Cup goalscorer, but even he gave up in the end.
Chances were not too forthcoming and when Depay did get a start under Mourinho, in a League Cup tie away to Northampton, he was withdrawn after 55 underwhelming minutes. It was his last start for the club and it came as no surprise to anyone when United cut their losses and sold the player to Lyon in the January transfer window of last season.
It is there that Depay is beginning to show what he can do once again. He has scored 10 league goals this season; double his tally of last term and five times as many as he registered in his only full season in England. With six assists to his name too, he is in the top 20 in France for both lists. Only Kylian Mbappe has scored more goals on the counter-attack.
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