The 21-year-old has shown flashes of brilliance in Europe—most notably in a majestic performance against Brugge in a Champions League play-off—but in an interview with Dutch outlet NOS, Mulder suggests he is flattering to deceive currently with the Red Devils:
“He played one good match for United, against Club Brugge [in the Champions League]. In the Premier League he suffers, yet his attitude suggests that he is a big star. It seems that people at Manchester United are starting to get fed up with this.”
Memphis has struggled to adapt to the Premier League and has scored only one goal in eight appearances and was hauled off at half-time last time out against Arsenal. He also has a frustrating habit for giving the ball away, hardly ideal given United manager Louis van Gaal’s possession-based philosophy.
is off-field antics and flashy lifestyle have reportedly earned him a dressing down from United assistant manager Ryan Giggs, who has advised him to
“adopt a lower profile while he gets to grips with English football,” per Steve Bates in the Sunday People.
Fans cannot forget that Memphis is only 21 and deserves much more time to prove himself. But his poor performances are perhaps made more obvious given the early-season form of United’s other young summer-signing, Anthony Martial.
The low-key Frenchman has made a terrific start to his Old Trafford career, scoring goals and adding some much needed speed to the United attack.
In Memphis and Martial, United have potentially two of the best young attackers in world football, but at the moment the Dutchman is failing to live up to his billing.