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Memphis Depay produced outrageous touch in Manchester United v Arsenal warm-up

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Memphis Depay has failed to live up to the hype following his £25 million move to Manchester United in the summer but that hasn’t knocked his confidence one bit.

The 22-year-old was a bag of tricks in Sunday’s 3-2 win over Arsenal and produced a gorgeous piece of skill during the game that got fans off their seats. You can check it out by clicking here.

However, it was during the warm-up that Memphis produced his finest piece of wizardry.

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The winger controlled a long pass in unconventional - yet oh so beautiful - style, flicking his left foot behind his right and bringing the ball down with ease.

Watch Memphis’ outrageous touch by scrolling down the page.

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Check out Memphis' superb touch

If a Sunday league player attempts it, they likely fall to the ground in a heap. Not Memphis.

The Dutchman enjoyed arguably his finest game in a Manchester United shirt in the 5-1 Europa League win over FC Midtjylland last Thursday.

He scored a goal and was so good that Midtjylland’s Andre Romer, the defender tasked with stopping Memphis, admitted after the game that he was on the brink of crying after being torched repeatedly by the former PSV man.

Gullit criticism

Yet, despite contributing to United’s victories over Midtjylland and Arsenal, Memphis was criticised by one of the Netherlands’ all-time greats for flaunting his flashy lifestyle.

Ruud Gullit believes Memphis is more interested in becoming a style icon than he is a great footballer.

Speaking to the Mirror, the former Chelsea man said: “"What I see with Memphis is a boy who wants two things at the same time.

"He wants to become a really good footballer, but at the same time he wants to be a global superstar and a style icon.

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"I think to myself, 'boy oh boy, do it in the right order. You have to perform, perform and perform again.'

"Once Memphis has won a lot of trophies then I don't care if he wants to be as crazy as Dennis Rodman - or even crazier.

"My question to him is: how do you want to be remembered in life? As an odd character with a hat and a Rolls Royce? Or as a footballer?"

Extravagant clothing

Memphis’ Instagram page is awash with images of him in extravagant clothing and United fans no doubt hoped his performances on the pitch would be just as luxurious.

But the winger has started just 13 league games and has failed to do what Louis van Gaal expected of him: score.

Memphis has scored two league goals, his last coming in November. After scoring 22 goals in his final season at PSV, United were right to expect more.

Maybe he thinks his sublime skills will mask his dismal record.

Will Memphis be a star or a flop? Let us know in the comments section below!

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