Manchester United's Memphis Depay threat curtailed by effective Spurs midfield duo

Memphis Depay - PSV

Manchester United's Memphis Depay failed to deliver while playing in a central role versus Tottenham.

Kyle Walker's own goal was enough as Manchester United kicked off the new campaign with a 1-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford on Saturday. .

Despite emerging from the lunch-time kick-off with maximum points, it was a quiet day for the Red Devils' attackers; with the hosts managing just a single shot on target throughout ninety-minutes. 

All eyes were on summer signing Memphis Depay, as the Dutchman made his competitive debut for Louis van Gaal's side. However, playing in a number '10' role, the 21-year-old managed little of note during his maiden Premier League display.

  TeamTotal ShotsShot Accuracy (%)Key PassesSuccessful PassesPass Completion (%)Dribbles WonFree-kicks WonAerial Duels WonMins Played
Memphis Depay Man Utd 3 0 0 25 86 0 1 1 68

He is evidently a fleet footed, tricky customer, but he simply wasn't afforded the space to unleash his creativity with Spurs' defensive midfield - Nabil Bentaleb and Eric Dier - doing well to minimize the space between midfield and defence. 

Indeed, he failed to hit the target from all three of attempts at Michel Vorm's goal, while he was unable to fashion a single scoring opportunity for his teammates or even complete a successful dribble. 

The consensus suggests that Depay would be best served operating out wide for Manchester United - the role in which he did so well for PSV Eindhoven last season - allowing himself the space to run in behind opposition lines. 

The early signs suggest there is plenty more to come from the Red Devils' new number '7', but he found himself substituted by Louis van Gaal on the 68 minutes mark following a relatively ineffective midfield display.

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