Memphis had just turned 21 at the time and was set to complete a 28-goal season in the Netherlands. He had scored a match-winning goal at the World Cup, playing a significant role as the Dutch finished third. Life was very good.
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After an electric start to life at Old Trafford included a two-goal day against Club Brugge in the UEFA Champions League, Memphis struggled to find his footing. The winger scored 7 times in 45 appearances, with just two of those coming in the Premier League.
That hasn’t stopped the Netherlands from calling up the now 22-year-old, and Memphis says just because he loves United doesn’t mean he’s content to play a periphery role.
“I am the same person and I know what I want. A supporting role is not for me.
“I’m not a player who is happy with the fact that he is [just] under contract with Manchester United. This is my dream club, but I want to play.
“I feel like a loaded gun, I am ready to play, but wait for my chance. That’s why I’m so happy that I’m at Orange. This is a new opportunity to show myself.”
Memphis has just 94 minutes spread across five appearances for United under Jose Mourinho, but his value would still be strong in the transfer market.