Wayne Rooney’s comments about Memphis Depay during England’s game against the Netherland’s were slightly overshadowed by the hysterical reaction to his punditry debut, but they made for pretty interesting reading nonetheless.
Memphis has endured an indifferent start to life at Manchester United following his £25 million move from PSV Eindhoven in the summer, having only started one of the last five matches.
And, though he was never going to publicly blast Memphis in front of millions of viewers, Rooney did acknowledge that the Dutchman’s Manchester United career hasn’t gotten off to the best of starts.
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Ruud Gullit is among those to have criticised the 22-year-old, questioning the winger’s attitude in a stinging attack, and it’s safe to say United expected more from their investment.
He’s only scored five goals this season and is on the verge of becoming a United flop.
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After seeing Memphis’ name in the starting line-up for Tuesday’s friendly, Rooney said: “He will be pleased to start,” per the Mirror. “He’s had a stop/start season for Manchester United.
“This is a chance to show the quality he’s got.”
Memphis was anonymous against England
Yet Memphis flattered to deceive at Wembley, showing the inconsistency United fans have been accustomed to watching on a weekly basis.
Five goals in 37 appearances is a poor return that is made even worse when compared to the contributions of Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford, Memphis’ teammates.
Martial, another summer-signing, has scored 12 goals in 39 games and teenage sensation Rashford has found the net five times despite making his first ever professional appearance just last month.
Gullit: fashion or football
Gullit has been less than impressed with Memphis’ frequent flaunts of his flashy lifestyle. The youngster has been snapped in a Rolls Royce and Mercedes, while he regularly updates his Instagram page with pictures of him wearing snazzy attire.
According to the former Chelsea man, Memphis has a decision to make. Be a footballer, or a style icon.
“What I see with Memphis is a boy who wants two things at the same time,” Gullit was quoted as saying by the Mirror.
“He wants to become a really good footballer, but at the same time he wants to be a global superstar and a style icon.
“I think to myself, 'boy oh boy, do it in the right order. You have to perform, perform and perform again.'
“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?”