Dutch superstar makes case for permanent spot on Man United starting XI

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To call Memphis Depay a massive disappointment for Manchester United would almost be insulting to other infamous flops. In over 1,800 minutes of football in all competitions this season, the former PSV Eindhoven superstar has just five goals and no assists. But after how he performed in a friendly against France, there is a strong case to be made that the Dutch starlet could still have a role at Old Trafford.

During yesterday’s 3-2 loss to France, the Oranje found themselves down 2-0 when Depay executed two perfectly placed kicks that resulted in assists to Luuk De Jong and Ibrahim Afellay to equalize at 2-2 during the 86′ mark. Unfortunately for Johan Cruyff’s country, they ultimately succumbed to a lead-changer from Blaise Matuidi just minutes later.

Nonetheless, it was an exceptionally strong performance from Depay and one that will almost certainly warrant further consideration from fellow Dutchman Louis van Gaal as he closes out the stretch of the season – and possibly his tenure as Man United manager.

Of course, Depay will still need to prove that his strong performance can translate to English football.

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