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Memphis Depay still to prove his worth at Manchester United

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Memphis Depay sealed his £31 million move from PSV in June this year.

He requested the iconic number seven shirt after Angel di Maria departed for PSG. George Best, Bryan Robson, Eric Cantona and David Beckham have all worn the shirt therefore it adds an extra pressure on players to perform and even Cristiano Ronaldo was reluctant to wear it initially.

Memphis impressed in pre-season, scoring and making whilst also building an impressive partnership with club captain, Wayne Rooney. His first two games didn’t really live up to the hype; there were moments of magic and glimpses of his talent but he's had a reasonably quiet start to the season.

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His performance in the Champions League qualifier first-leg against Club Brugge last week evening certainly got the fans out their seats. He showed what a talented individual he is by scoring two magical goals as well as providing Fellaini the cross which led to United’s third.

WHO MAKES THE FIRST TEAM

Louis van Gaal has fielded the same eleven for three games on the bounce and has only made one change from the first game against Spurs, with Ashley Young making way for Adnan Januzaj.

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He has kept the same formation (4-2-3-1) in all three games and is obviously looking to build stability and momentum with his new look Manchester United team.

Last season Van Gaal tried various formations and constantly changed his first eleven. He struggled to find the best formation for his best eleven and that was one of the reasons United did not win the title.

United have been solid and got the job done in their games so far but this will not be enough for the fans or manager and a more exciting brand of football will need to be played.

Romero has impressed in goal this season keeping three clean sheets, only conceding one goal. The team looks settled and Darmian has fitted straight into the back four alongside Chris Smalling, Daley Blind and Luke Shaw.

Morgan Schneiderlin has partnered Michael Carrick in the holding midfield role and has done a very good job at protecting the back four. Memphis Depay has been fielded on the left flank, in behind Wayne Rooney, alongside Juan Mata and Adnan Januzaj/Ashley Young.

Depay's the key

Manchester United have had a lacklustre but impressive start to the season, and certainly have the calibre of player to push their rivals all the way. Depay looks the real deal and at the age of 21 he still has plenty of time to develop and improve.

He looks like he could be a great acquisition to the team and will give United extra pace and flair to the first eleven. If Depay can build on what was a fantastic display against Club Brugge, there’s no reason why he and his new teammates can’t challenge for the title this season.

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