Memphis Depay could be in line for a summer move away from Manchester United.
Signed from PSV Eindhoven last summer for £25 million, the Dutchman arrived at United having finished the 2014-15 as the Eredivisie’s top scorer with 22 goals.
He started well, scoring twice in a 3-1 Champions League qualifying win over Club Brugge.
However, that proved to be something of a false dawn for Depay, who has managed just two goals in 19 Premier League appearances so far this term.
Worse still, the 22-year-old has been at fault for several important goals, including Stoke’s opener in a 2-0 Boxing Day defeat at the Britannia and Chelsea’s late equaliser in their 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge.
Yet to start a Premier League game for United in 2016, things have now gone from bad to worse for Depay after his off-the-field activities attracted more negative press.
Brought on as a late substitute during Manchester United’s 2-1 defeat to Sunderland over the weekend, Depay turned 22 the same day and decided to celebrate by jetting back to the Netherlands to spend time with friends.
Unfortunately, his partying was captured on Instagram, with Manchester United fans berating the youngster for partying despite such a disappointing result.
One fan responded to the images with the simple, yet cutting, message: “Memphis, you are a disgrace to United, sort your s*** out man.”
Happy Bday @memphisdepay A photo posted by Humberto Tan (@humbertotan) on
Meanwhile, the decision to fly home for the weekend despite United being in action in the Europa League just a few days later could offer a clue to Louis Van Gaal’s mindset when it comes to his former Holland charge.
Due to face Danish side Midtjylland on Thursday, success in the Europa League could yet prove important. The winner gains entry to next season’s Champions League.
With Depay seemingly out of contention for the game, there is a growing sense that the Dutchman’s stay at Old Trafford could end up being short and rarely sweet.
Loaded staff writer Jack Beresford has produced content for Lad Bible, Axonn Media and a variety of online sports and news media outlets.