The stars of FC Midtjylland would have left Old Trafford on Thursday night with a glum look on their face.
They had arrived with a 2-1 lead on aggregate in their Europa League tie against Manchester United but left with their tails between their legs after being dealt a 5-1 drubbing. None of the players were feeling as bad as defender Andre Romer, however.
The right-back was handed the unenviable task of keeping Memphis Depay quiet. Having struggled to establish himself since arriving from PSV Eindhoven last summer, Romer may have been backing himself prior to kick-off, but Depay would go on to turn in one of his best performances for the Red Devils so far.
Midtjylland looked set for a famous victory after scoring the opening goal of the night, giving them a 3-1 lead on aggregate as well as a crucial away goal. However, Marcus Rashford and Depay led the fight back and the tie would finish 6-3 to Louis van Gaal's side.
It may prove to be a turning point in Depay's season and it is certainly not an occasion that Romer will be forgetting anytime soon. He said that the 22-year-old stands as the best opponent he ever faced and even admits he was almost brought to tears.
Close to tears
“I’ve never been so close to crying after a match as I was today,” Romer, who received a red card in the closing stages, told reporters.
“Memphis is the best player I have ever faced. It was difficult to do anything about it when he plays like that. He is the best.
"He can do anything. He went inside, outside, turned me around and used his incredible pace to get past me.”
Depay may have only scored in the 90th minute but the Netherlands international had a huge influence on the game. He registered ten attempts on goal throughout the game, four of which were on target. He also completed 15 dribbles, drew four fouls and completed two key passes. WhoScored awarded him a rating of 10/10 and, naturally, man of the match.
Depay was certainly in the mood for it last night and even showcased some of his best trickery:
However, Depay will need to prove he can perform this way against teams in the Premier League if he is to ever work his way into the starting XI on a regular basis. He also showcased his supreme talent against Club Brugge earlier this season but has failed to shine on the big occasion.
Luckily, Manchester United face a huge game against Arsenal on Sunday, giving Depay the opportunity to continue his good form.
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