FC Midtjylland right-back Andre Romer revealed he was almost brought to tears after Thursday's UEFA Europa League drubbing by Manchester United and described Memphis Depay as the best player he's ever faced.
The Danish minnows had a surprise 2-1 lead going into the last-32 second leg at Old Trafford, and they gave themselves a great chance of an incredible upset when they went 1-0 ahead in Manchester.
However, they eventually lost the match 5-1, with Memphis impressing, and it was clearly a chastening experience for Romer, 22, as he was run ragged by the Dutchman all night, per Goal.com's Robin Bairner:
I’ve never been so close to crying after a match as I was today. Memphis is the best player I have ever faced. It was difficult to do anything about it when he plays like that. He is the best. He can do anything. He went inside, outside, turned me around and used his incredible pace to get past me.
We’d been looking forward to the match and had dreamed about playing in such a stadium all our lives. But it brings you down to earth when you go there and get smacked around. What we had been looking forward to was quickly forgotten. We saw how big the step is to the Premier League.
Romer was sent off in the dying moments of the match for a second yellow card, before Memphis added United's fifth.
Pione Sisto had shocked the hosts in the 27th minute when he netted the opener in one of Midtjylland's first forays forward, and even after Nikolay Bodurov's own goal, the visitors were on the path to the next round.
However, a double from United's 18-year-old debutant Marcus Rashford, along with Ander Herrera's penalty and Memphis' late strike, eventually made it an easy night for Louis van Gaal's side.
The Dutch winger has struggled in his first season at Old Trafford but produced arguably his best performance yet on Thursday, per WhoScored.com:
GRAPHIC: Europa League Player of the Week - Memphis Depay #mufc #uel https://t.co/AClCyLiaAh2016-2-26 09:50:55
Even seasoned right-backs would have struggled to handle the 22-year-old, who produced numerous moments of magic, per BT Sport Football:
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Outrageous nutmeg from @Memphis 🔥#UEL #MUFC https://t.co/0njX5tqFhT2016-2-25 21:52:33
It was the type of performance United fans have been expecting from Memphis since his big-money move from PSV Eindhoven in the summer.
And it could perhaps be a sign of things to come for the youngster, who will face a much tougher challenge on Sunday, when United come up against Arsenal in the Premier League.