Memphis Depay opened his goal-scoring account for Manchester United in fine fashion with a wonderful individual goal against Club Brugge in the first leg of their Champions League playoff. Trailing through an early own goal from Michael Carrick at Old Trafford, United were in need of route back into the vital qualifier to reach the group stage of Europe’s premier competition. And it was one of their big summer arrivals that provided it in the 13th minute.
Not particularly helped by a pass from Carrick that fizzed into him at head height, the 21-year-old showed great initial skill to take the ball under control. From there he tricked his way delightfully past two defenders before showing the composure he lacked when missing a chance late on against Aston Villa last Friday to find the back of the net.
Memphis arrived from PSV Eindhoven having finished as the top scorer in the Dutch Eredivisie last season. He also scored twice at the 2014 World Cup under the charge of current Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal. The veteran Dutch coach is now seeking to lead United back to the Champions League group phase after their absent for the first time since 1995 last season.