Memphis Depay is the flop who surely hurt Manchester United the most.
For Manchester United fans the number 7 shirt is sacred. A symbolism for all things great about the club, the famous jersey has been donned by some of the greatest players to have ever graced the games, including George Best, Bryan Robson, Eric Cantona, David Beckham and, of course, Cristiano Ronaldo. There’s an expectation, then, when the shirt is finally passed down, that the next candidate will drizzle it with as much glory and class as the last. Memphis Depay could have, and probably should have, been the next in line.
Dubbed a ‘better player than Ronaldo’ by the same man who scouted the Portuguese star for Manchester United Ed van Steijn (as per the Daily Mail), Memphis was marvelled as the second coming everyone had been waiting for – the man to carry the club forwards in their time of need. This was post-Moyes after all, fans were desperate.
In fairness, there was good reason to be excited – the winger had netted 39 times in 90 league appearances for his former side and was famed for his rocket free-kicks, skill, technical ability and power. Indeed, given that resume, you were have thought we were describing a certain Real Madrid star.
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For all the promise and anticipation, willing and hoping, and copious amounts of potential, the Netherlands international flopped. Hard.
In the 33 Premier League appearances he made for the Red Devils Depay collected a paltry two goals, he looked desperately out of confidence, answerless and tired. There were hopes, all the way up until he left for Lyon, that he would come good. Manchester United fans were willing him on every game to show them something – to provide that moment of glory that would reignite his Old Trafford career.
Alas, it was not to be.