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Memphis Depay finally showing what he's capable of at Manchester United

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Memphis Depay - a name most football fans would read or hear and immediately think of the underperforming 22-year-old who currently plays for Manchester United.

Others, meanwhile, might think of the youngster who dazzled at the 2014 World Cup, but following a series of impressive performances, impressions are starting to change of the Dutchman.

Since returning to Louis van Gaal's starting line-up, Depay has scored twice - both against FC Midtjylland in the Europa League - and shown the flair he was renowned for upon his arrival at Old Trafford.

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There was no doubting he had potential when United splashed £25 million to sign him last year, but the transition from the Eredivisie to Premier League has proved difficult for Depay to cope with, unable to replicate previous form in arguably the world's toughest league.

That was until the Red Devils hosted Midtjylland at the Theatre of Dreams last week, against whom the winger shone and gave his opposing right-back a night he'll have nightmares about.

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Depay exuded all the qualities of a top winger during the 5-1 victory. He beat his marker on a number of occasions and in doing so set a new Europa League record for the most successful dribbles in a single match (14).

The array of skills Depay pulled off against Midtjylland sent Twitter into a frenzy and showcased just how vast his skill set is (see below).

Glimpses of his undoubted ability were also seen against Club Brugge in the Champions League earlier this season, against whom he scored two wonderful long-range goals.

Inconsistency has proved an issue for Depay, of course, but a new-found confidence is apparent and it showed once again against Arsenal over the weekend.

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Whilst far from his most effective performance, the Dutchman drove at right-back Hector Bellerin whenever he had the chance to do so and was a constant menace. He certainly played a role in United's 3-2 victory.

Fans have waited a long time to see what the fuss is all about with the Dutch starlet, but recent performances suggest that confidence is gradually building for a player whose future is very much in his own hands.

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