Memphis Depay produced one of the goals of the season for his new club Lyon on Sunday, with Manchester United fans left to wonder why the Dutchman failed to produce this kind of magic during his miserable spell at Old Trafford.
Depay arrived at United from PSV Eindhoven amid a fanfare of publicity in the summer of 2015 and was quick to accept the offer to wear the club’s coveted No.7 shirt that was previously bestowed on the likes of Bryan Robson, Eric Cantona, David Beckham and Cristiano Ronaldo.
Yet he failed to make any kind of impression in United red and was duly off-loaded to Lyon in last January’s transfer window by manager Jose Mourinho.
Now he has conjured up a goal that will be replayed time and again, with his stunning long-range effort against Toulouse eased his new employers to comfortable victory on a night when he also scored another goal in a comfortable 4-0 win.
In a strike that brought back memories of Beckham's legendary strike for United against Wimbledon back in 1996, this was a moment when Depay announced his arrival in French football in the grand manner.
Former England striker Gary Lineker was among those saluting this moment of brilliance on Twitter, as Depay confirmed that he is feeling much more at home in French football: