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Ronald Koeman tips Memphis Depay to be a success at Manchester United

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Southampton boss Ronald Koeman believes Manchester United's latest acquisition Memphis Depay is going to be a success at Old Trafford.

The Dutch winger signed for the Red Devils this week although earlier reports suggested the 21-year-old would be heading to Anfield to join Liverpool.

"Good player, young player, fast player," Koeman was quoted saying by Four Four Two. "It's for him a fantastic move. I think he was ready in Holland, he was one of the best players and to give the best he needs a step and it's a big step for him.

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"We will wait and we will see if the step is not big enough for him, but he's a great talent in Holland. I think it's a very good signing for Man United."

The 21-year-old has reportedly signed for United for a fee believed to be around £25 million, although the move is subject to a medical. Southampton boss Koeman was at PSV before the starlet's arrival in 2011 and believes the youngster still has a long way to go, if he is to live up to his potential. 

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"Still he has to develop himself and it will be tough for him, because the Premier League is really tough, in the physical and mental way. You need a very good quality to show, but for him it is a great challenge to be a player of Man United."

Memphis Depay has had a phenomenal season in Eindhoven this term scoring 21 goals in 28 Eredivisie games. The winger has been key for the Dutch champions leading the club to their first title since 2008.

The wonderkid is touted as the next Cristiano Ronaldo and if Depay lives up to the two time Ballon D'Or winner then United could consider this transfer quite a coup. The only thing that makes the move sweeter is the fact that the Red Devils seem to have pipped north-west rivals Liverpool to the Dutch starlet.

Manchester United fans: Do you think Memphis Depay will be a success at Old Trafford? Are you excited about seeing him turn out for Louis van GaaL? Have your say below...

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