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Memphis Depay caps stunning 21-minute hat-trick with cheeky penalty

The former United attacker wrestled the ball from a team-mate and converted from the spot with a ‘Panenka’.

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FORMER MANCHESTER UNITED winger Memphis Depay netted the first hat-trick of his senior career as Lyon cruised to a 5-0 victory at Troyes.

The 23-year-old Dutchman joined the Ligue 1 club from United for a fee worth up to €25 million in January, and despite occasional struggles, has enjoyed a more fruitful spell in Lyon colours, netting 11 goals in 31 appearances.

Six of those have arrived this season, three today, as the Holland international wreaked havoc on a hapless Troyes defence at the Stade de l’Aube.

With Depay having already twice found the far corner of the net from the left-hand side of Troyes’ box, Lyon were awarded a penalty in the 70th minute with the score at 3-0.

Hellbent on completing his first career treble, the former PSV star wrestled the ball from striker Mariano Diaz and nonchalantly chipped the ball down the centre of the goal past Mamadou Samassa, at whom he would wink seconds later.

Diaz would himself get on the scoresheet in stoppage time to complete the rout, with Bertrand Traore having opened the scoring after 20 minutes.

Manchester United have first option to re-sign on Depay should he depart Lyon, but his confidence seemingly unperturbed despite a poor spell at Old Trafford, the attacker himself last week stated that he’ll play for Real Madrid one day.

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