Mem­phis hop­ing for Old Traf­ford re­vival

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MEM­PHIS De­pay is hop­ing his dou­ble strike for the Nether­lands in World Cup qual­i­fi­ca­tion on Sun­day can act as a cat­a­lyst to help re­vive his stalling club ca­reer at Manch­ester United.

The 22-year-old for­ward proved to be an in­spi­ra­tional sub­sti­tu­tion for the Dutch in a tricky away game at Lux­em­bourg, com­ing on at half­time and scor­ing twice to en­sure a 3-1 vic­tory in the group A en­counter.

The first goal was a closerange header from a cross de­liv­ered by club team­mate Da­ley Blind and the sec­ond a free-kick that he struck over the home team’s wall.

“I’m re­ally happy I suc­ceeded,” he told Dutch tele­vi­sion. “I proved I can still take a free-kick. I knew I still had it in me and I re­ally wanted to take it. It was great to see the ball go in.”

Mem­phis said he would be re­turn­ing to Old Traf­ford with re­newed con­fi­dence in a cam­paign in which he has seen just 20 min­utes of league ac­tion, all off the bench, and started only a do­mes­tic cup match. “That is for sure. I’m go­ing to fight my ut­most to make sure I can get back in con­tention,” he added. Mem­phis’s per­for­mance came as no sur­prise to Dutch coach Danny Blind, who said he had re­mained con­fi­dent in the player’s abil­ity even if he had seen lit­tle Premier League ac­tion. “His work ethic is so good and when he came on he made the right im­pact. His goals were a re­ward for him and for the team,” Blind said.— Reuters

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