There was a time once when Memphis Depay drew comparisons with Cristiano Ronaldo.
When he completed his £25 million move to Manchester United last summer, there was a hope around Old Trafford that the Dutchman could achieve a similar level of success that the Portuguese superstar did during his time at the club.
Such was the hype that Memphis was forced to extinguish comparisons with the three-time Ballon d’Or winner.
"I don't want to compare myself with somebody like that," he said in July 2015, via ESPN FC.
"That is the best player in the world. I don't want to talk too much. I want to show it on the pitch. I am still young, [I have not been] in the game for many years in the game, I [only] played two seasons for PSV. I want to let my feet speak."
Memphis’ situation wasn’t helped when Ronaldo himself mentioned him in the same sentence as Eden Hazard, Paul Pogba and Neymar.
Talk about having a reputation to live up to.
Seventeen months since his arrival and the only former Man United player Memphis is being compared to currently is Bebe.
The 22-year-old, signed from PSV Eindhoven by Louis van Gaal, has started just game under Jose Mourinho this season - against Northampton in the EFL Cup.
Memphis has been left in Manchester as the Red Devils travel to Turkey to take on Fenerbahce in tomorrow’s Europa League contest.
Even Henrikh Mkhitaryan, who has spent much of the season in the wilderness, made Mourinho’s 21-man squad.
Memphis' struggles in training
The Portuguese will continue to shape his squad in the winter and summer transfer windows, and it could very well be that he decides to cut Memphis’ United career short.
In his current situation - lack of game time and an almost inevitable exit - you would expect the Netherlands international would be busting a gut in training to impress his manager.
But according to the Manchester Evening News, that is not the case.
According to M.E.N., he has “not distinguished himself in Jose Mourinho’s recent training sessions”.
Furthermore, his teammates were reportedly surprised that the United boss decided to introduce him in the 82nd minute of Saturday’s 0-0 draw at home to Burnley.
Memphis was unable to make a difference as United stumbled to another disappointing result.
Time is running out for Memphis to impress Mourinho. With Mkhitaryan seemingly getting an opportunity, and Anthony Martial soon returning from an injury, United could be soon saying farewell to the player they had high expectations for.
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