Memphis who? How Jesse Lingard has proven he's the man Manchester United need

The summer signing of Memphis Depay for £25 million was supposed to signal the beginning of a new chapter in the storied history of Manchester United. The Dutchman arrived at Old Trafford off the back of a season in which he netted 22 league goals for PSV Eindhoven, helping Phillip Cocu’s side secure the Eredivisie title for the first time since 2008. Under the tutelage of countryman Louis van Gaal at United, many tipped Depay to make an instant impact.

Three months later and Red Devils fans are still waiting. Aside from bright performances in the Champions League qualifiers with Club Brugge, Depay’s stats make for grim reading: one goal in Europe, one in the Premier League, no assists and two yellow cards. He’s yet to complete a game at club level since the 3-2 win over Southampton in mid-September.

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