Rio Ferdinand compares Memphis Depay to David Beckham

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Rio Ferdinand believes Memphis Depay has a comparable skill set to that of David Beckham after the Dutchman stunned Club Brugge with an impressive Champions League performance.

Depay scored his first two goals for Manchester United and assisted their third with a delightful cross for Marouane Fellaini in a 3-1 win over the Belgium outfit.

Wearing the iconic No.7 shirt, worn by Beckham himself as well as other legends Eric Cantona and Cristiano Ronaldo, many inside Old Trafford firmly believe they saw the emergence of their next stalwart last night.


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The £25million summer signing has already drawn comparison with Ronaldo in the past, but Ferdinand believes the 21-year-old's cross for Fellaini in the closing stages was comparable to the assist king that was David Beckham.

Speaking on BT Sport, Ferdinand said: "Memphis has shown now what he's capable of and he's shown that there's more to his game than just taking people on and shooting. He can deliver a great ball into the box too as with the last goal.

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"That cross was Beckham-esque with the bend and whip. You haven't got to beat players but kids these days watch YouTube and just want to do that all the time. He just put that on a six-pence. Beautiful.

"I think the thing that excites you as well is that you can see he wants to be a star, he wants to be the main man, he wants the ball all the time, he wants to be the man at the end of moves who shoots and scores.

"This crowd love and warm to people like that - you've seen it over the years with the likes of Ronaldo and [Wayne] Rooney."

Sitting pretty

Club Brugge threatened to cause a major upset after taking an early lead through a Michael Carrick own goal. Depay's double got the Red Devils back into the lead, but that pesky away goal would have kept the tie alive in the second leg.

However, the final goal, scored in the 94th minute, leaves Louis van Gaal's men sitting pretty ahead of next week's trip to Belgium.

Ferdinand said: "I think going over to Bruges at 2-1 would have been a very dangerous and nervy experience for this team."

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