It’s not every day that Manchester United are left with egg on their face. Transfer-wise, I think it’s fair to say that the Red Devils tend to get it more right than wrong. However, it seems as though they’ve really made a mistake in Memphis Depay’s case.
Big things were expected from the Dutchman when he made the move to Old Trafford. Under Louis van Gaal, he started brightly. As time went on, though, Memphis’ performance levels were worse. When Jose Mourinho took charge, one of the first orders of business was to sell the #7. He headed off to Lyon in Ligue 1.
From day one over in France, Depay has made a huge impact. Whether it’s the regular playing time or a confidence thing, the Dutchman has, once again, looked like the world-beating talent that he is. What’s scary is that the young man is still only 24. The footballing world remains at his feet.
In 2018 alone, Depay has scored 23 goals, while also tacking on 18 assists for his teammates. The shift into a more central role has definitely helped, as it allows him to get more involved with the play rather than focussing on making one moment of magic. There is no doubt, though, that Depay is performing a whole lot better than United’s current forwards.
Memphis Depay’s 2018:
⚽️ 23 Goals
🅰️ 18 Assists
— OldTraffordFaithful (@OTFaithful) November 19, 2018
That begs the question, should United bring him back? They do indeed have the option, with Mourinho insisting on a buyback clause being inserted, which is seemingly looking like a smart decision right now.
Personally, though, I feel like the smart move would be to continue to let Depay develop and grow. We already made the mistake of pulling the trigger too early when bringing him in from PSV. United are under no pressure right now. Let’s give him until the summer at least, and if no other clubs show an interest, I’d also be tempted to leave him there until 2020.
The Red Devils have options aplenty across the front line, and bringing in Depay now would cause even more overcrowding. Let’s just see how this one plays out…