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Bryan Robson says Memphis Depay is worthy on No7 shirt

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Bryan Robson believes Memphis Depay has what it takes to handle the pressure that comes with wearing Manchester United's iconic No7 shirt.

The shirt has been worn by myriad legendary stars in it's time with Eric Cantona, David Beckham and Cristiano Ronaldo all recent occupiers.

So much meaning is attached to it that Antonio Valencia actually handed it back to the club because he felt it was starting to have an adverse effect on his performances.

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Angel di Maria was the next to wear it and he turned out to be one of Manchester United's worst signings of all time and definitely their highest profile failure.

It was therefore big news that Depay allegedly told Louis van Gaal that he wanted to wear the shirt once Di Maria's exit was confirmed.

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The forward moved to Old Trafford from PSV Eindhoven this summer and is expected to bring pace, power and goals to the United frontline after bagging the Eredivisie golden boot last season.

There are concerns that his decision to wear the No7 will put unnecessary pressure on the 21-year-old, but Robson, himself a former United captain, believes he has the confidence to deal with it.

Speaking to the official club website, Robson revealed: "I think he’s a confident lad."

"He’s got great ability and great pace. So I don’t think that’s going to be a hassle to him, otherwise he wouldn’t have accepted the No.7 shirt as soon as it was offered to him.

"I think if he had a problem, mentally, handling the pressure that comes with the No7 shirt, he would have said 'no' and asked for another number.

"So I’m sure and would hope he will enjoy playing for Manchester United, relax and play in the way he wants to play.

"Memphis is only a young lad so it’s going to take a little bit of time for him to settle down. It looks like he’s got great attributes and he could do really well for us."

He's aware, but doesn't care

Depay oozes as much confidence as he does talent as he made clear this week when saying he isn't too interested with who wore the shirt before him because he wants to make a name for himself at Old Trafford.

"Yes, of course (I’m aware of the pressure) and the history," he said earlier this week.

"I appreciate the history, but I want to be my own man. It’s an honour to wear the No.7 and I will wear it with pride.

"Last year I played with seven on my back (for PSV) and I scored a lot of goals so I am confident with that number."

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