Wayne Rooney tweets Memphis Depay after he scored from the halfway line

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Memphis Depay's career revival in France continued on Sunday with a fine performance as Lyon comfortably beat Toulouse 4-0.

The Dutch international, who moved across the channel in January after a disappointing spell at Manchester United, has shown glimpses of his potential at Lyon but arguably put in his best display of the season this weekend.

He scored a brace - the second of which, a stunning strike from the halfway line - as his side further cemented themselves in fourth place in Ligue 1.

With the three points virtually guaranteed, Depay showed that his confidence has fully returned by trying his luck from a ridiculous distance in the second half.

After spotting Toulouse's 'keeper Alban Lafont off his line, the former Man United flop judged his strike to perfection and scored a definite goal of the season contender.

Depay's old employers back in Manchester will be keeping tabs on his progress after inserting a buyback clause in the talks to sell him two months ago.

And there are already signs the 23-year-old could well end up back at Old Trafford at some point in the future if he can keep up this current run of form.

His old captain at Man United, Wayne Rooney - who famously also scored a goal from the halfway line in a game against West Ham a few years ago - was among the first star names to congratulate Depay on his latest feat.

Rooney was clearly impressed and tweeted: "@Memphis great goal mate"

Depay didn't waste any time in replying either with a simple response: "@WayneRooney Thank you legend"

Five goals and three assists from just eight appearances is an impressive record for the £15 million winter signing.

Most United supporters were in no doubt Depay had potential but never harnessed it consistently enough to warrant a regular place in Jose Mourinho's team.

But now could be the time he really gets his act together and becomes an effective influence in every match.

If he manages that, there is every chance he will be back in the Premier League before too long.

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