As Memphis Depay helped Manchester United put 3 past Club Brugge in the Champions League play-off tie, fans on social media reacted in a predictable fashion.
Manchester United suffered an early set-back as Michael Carrick directed the ball inside his own net from a Club Brugge free-kick, but Memphis Depay calmed the nerves at Old Trafford after scoring a fabulous goal to put Louis Van Gaala s men level. He added another to his tally shortly before half-time and had the opportunity to cap off a brilliant hattrick in the second half.
With Brandon Mechele given his marching orders, Van Gaal piled on the pressure by bringing on Marouane Fellaini, who had an immediate impact as he met Depaya s cross to put United in the driving seat ahead of the second leg.
Manchester United will have plenty of positives to take away from this game, including Luke Shaw and Chris Smalling putting in fantastic performances in the Manchester United defence. While Smallinga s defensive prowess kept Club Brugge at bay, Luke Shaw posed a constant threat as he combined with Memphis down the left flank.
Here are some of the best tweets after the game, with Manchester United fans proudly hailing their a new Ronaldoa while rival finals dismissed the performance as one against a relatively weaker side.
Whether it’s Memphis or Depay that’s one hell of a goal.
a Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) August 18, 2015
a Pedrom P (@PedUK) August 18, 2015
Every time Depay has the ball on his feet, there is excitement..The whole crowd see something special coming from him. My MOTM by a mile. a DatGuy Wilz (@KassimRazak98) August 18, 2015
While some fans chose to praise the young winger, others seemed to be taking a dig at the more expensive signings made this summer (Read Raheem Sterling).
Depay looks like a massive bargain seen some of the recent prices
a David Amoyal (@DavidAmoyal) August 18, 2015
And then there were the fans who clearly weren’t putting too much pressure on Manchester United’s new No 7 while others clamoured for more signings.
I don’t want to put too much pressure on Depay or get too carried away but he’s clearly the new Ronaldo. a Pilib de BrA?n (@Malachians) August 18, 2015
Shaw and Memphis seized the Left wing and made it theirs. But Darmian was alone in the Right wing. Explains why we really need Pedro.
a Naza Cole (@nazaville) August 18, 2015
While the naysayers arrived at the party
That’s arguably a championship side. They as good as hull or qpr? Don’t think so. Well done depay, but it’s against Middlesbrough.
a Paul Sunderland (@PaulSunderlandd) August 18, 2015
Bastian Schweinsteiger too took to Twitter as he congratulated Fellaini for helping Manchester United get a crucial lead ahead of their away tie.