Memphis Depay has been in great form since moving to Lyon, but should Manchester United re-sign the Dutch international? The Red Devil’s reportedly have a buy-back clause on Depay’s contract at Lyon and could re-sign the former PSV forward for around £35 million.
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Manchester United have been lacklustre going forward in the Premier League this season. Fulham and Southampton, who both sit in the relegation zone, have created more chances than Manchester United leading to Jose Mourinho’s men scoring fewer goals than any of their rivals; Man City, Chelsea, Spurs, Arsenal and Liverpool. It’s Man Utd’s 2nd worst start to a Premier League season and the club currently bolsters a negative goal difference. If the Red Devils are to overhaul the 7 point gap to make the top 4, they will be setting a Premier League record. United currently are currently closer in the Premier League to bottom club Fulham than current Premier League leader Manchester City, depressing reading for fans of the club.
Memphis could be the player to ignite United’s attack. Since leaving Old Trafford, Memphis Depay has been directly involved in 55 goals in Ligue 1 (29 goals & 26 assists), over twice as many as any Man Utd player has managed (27) in the Premier League in that period. Goals have been a problem for Mourinho’s team this season with a number of the forward’s misfiring. Martial, Lukaku, Mata, Rashford and Sanchez have scored 14 Premier League goals between them this season, one fewer than Raheem Sterling and Sergio Aguero have managed for Manchester City. A lack of goals could be solved by Memphis Depay who has been converted to a striker by Lyon manager Bruno Genesio. The French club have set up in a 4-4-2, 3-5-2 or 4-4-2 diamond in Ligue 1 this season, allowing Depay to start in a central area before drifting deep to pick up the ball or into the channels to cross. Depay has excelled in this position scoring five goals and registering six assists in Ligue 1 this season.
But unfortunately Memphis still remains a frustrating player capable of tearing teams apart one half then being anonymous for the second half. He still requires work on his first touch as he frequently fails to bring the ball under control with his back to goal. There is also question marks over his ability at the top level. He has excelled in the Eredivisie for PSV, but failed to reproduce his goal scoring exploits under Louis van Gaal or Jose Mourinho at Old Trafford. But there are also reservations about whether re-signing Depay would reduce the game time of Marcus Rashford. The England international has a much higher ceiling in terms of potential than Memphis Depay and needs minutes to continue his development.