Memphis Depay was supposed to be a star signing for Manchester United under Louis van Gaal, but it didn’t work out well for the Dutchman under his countryman, and he even looked worse off under Jose Mourinho.
The Netherlands international was labelled a flop and was eventually sold off to Lyon for a meagre £17m after 18 months at Old Trafford.
The 27-year-old has since gotten his career back on track and has joined Barcelona on a free transfer after the expiry of his contract with Lyon during the summer. Surprisingly, Manchester United had the option of the buyback clause but never decided to bring back the Dutchman.
Depay is now one of the hottest stars in Europe and netted a hat-trick in Netherlands 6-1 thrashing of Turkey.
And in doing so, the new Barcelona star has equalled a record set by Patrick Kluivert for goals scored in a calendar year for the Dutch national team.
Depay has scored an incredible 12 times in 2021 for the Dutch national team, a feat the legendary Barcelona striker Patrick Kluivert achieved in 2000 as he scored five times at that summer’s home European Championships.
Depay has also matched the great Johan Cruyff on the all-time top goalscorers list for the Oranje, and there’s none stopping him.
With 33 international goals, he is now chasing two ex Manchester United players Ruud van Nistelrooy and Robin van Persie.
Van Persie still leads the way on 50 ahead of Klaas-Jan Huntelaar and Kluivert, respectively, but Depay is two behind Van Nistelrooy.
Do you think Manchester United made a mistake in not triggering the buyback clause for Depay?