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Watch: Memphis Depay sends message to Mourinho with perfect free kick

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Memphis Depay isn't able to get anywhere near Manchester United's starting XI right now and, as a result, he had to settle for a place on the bench for the Netherlands as they took on Luxembourg on Sunday evening.

However, the 22-year-old made the most of his opportunity when brought on to replace Wesley Sneijder at the beginning of the second half of the World Cup qualifier.

That's after he almost single-handedly took his national team to victory with two crucial goals that secured a 3-1 win for the travelling Dutch side.

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Depay has really struggled to make an impact at United since arriving before the 2014/15 season. Indeed, he has played fewer than 30 minutes in the Premier League since Jose Mourinho took over at Old Trafford over the summer.

But it didn't look like the tricky winger was too rusty after his extended spell on the sidelines after he showed his versatility with a headed goal and then a perfectly placed free-kick.

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And, in giving the Netherlands the lead in the 58th minute, Depay combined with another Manchester United star as Daley Blind provided the assist.

Lofting the ball into the Luxembourg penalty area, Blind probably wasn't particularly looking for Depay - a player not known for his heading ability - but his Old Trafford teammate connected perfectly with the deep cross and find the back of the net.

Whether Mourinho will take much notice of that link up play remains to be seen, considering the fact he was watching the tennis in London today Depay may have mistimed his breakout performance of the season.

However, the United misfit's second goal is one that his boss will struggle to avoid seeing. Simply put, it was a near perfectly placed free kick in the closing stages.

Given the struggles United have endured so far this season, Depay's second-half display for his national team will at least give his manager something to think about moving forward.

However, given the talk at present is that the Dutchman is all set for a loan move in January, Depay may have to get used to the fact that his skills won't be on show at Old Trafford anytime soon.

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