Former Manchester United defender Dennis Irwin believes summer arrival Memphis Depay has the free-kick ability to rival David Beckham.
Depay's arrival in Manchester has caused excitement among United fans following a prolific season at Dutch side PSV and exciting performances at the World Cup.
The Dutch international started every game during the Red Devils pre-season tour and caught the eye with some exciting performances.
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Irwin, who is now an ambassador at United, was on the tour and saw first hand the ability the 21-year-old possess'. Talking to mufc.com, he said: "I think Memphis could match Becks [David Beckham] in that sense, I saw him score a few goals last year for PSV and I think he will be a big addition to our team.
"It's still early days yet, but there’s no doubt that he has a lot of talent. He brings that unpredictability and we don’t possess too many players like that. His records will tell you that, even though he’s young, he’s a goalscorer as well, having scored 28 goals last year in Holland. We’ve already seen how good he is at finishing, so I think he’ll become a big player for us even though he’s young."
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For club and country Beckham continually produced at set-pieces. Scoring numerous free-kicks and producing pin point deliveries to assist his team-mates.
Depay, who opened his account for his new club with a tidy finish in the 3-1 win over San Jose Earthquakes, comes with a reputation as a dead ball specialist, following some stunning free-kicks from him time in Holland.
Over the years United have blessed with brilliant set-piece takers. The likes of Beckham and Cristiano Ronaldo have stunned Old Trafford with their ability from the dead ball. Juan Mata is also capable of the spectacular.
United fans will be hoping Depay can recreate the form he showed in the Eredivise and emulate their former number sevens with their dead ball prowess.
The 21-year-old has been handed the number nine shirt by Louis van Gaal during pre-season and has been deployed behind lone striker Wayne Rooney throughout the club's pre-season tour of the United States.
It is widely expected Depay will be deployed in the central attacking midfield position with Van Gaal setting up his side in a 4-3-3 formation for the opening day game against Tottenham Hotspur.
Expectations are high for Memphis' competitive debut for the Red Devils following his exciting performances in pre-season and he would go some way to endearing himself to the Old Trafford faithful with a debut goal.
Check out David Beckham's free-kicks from his time at United:
Check out Cristiano Ronaldo's free-kicks from his time at Old Trafford:
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