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Memphis Depay isn't ready for Manchester United stardom - Van Nistelrooy

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If you want advice on how to become a Manchester United star, you could do a lot worse than asking their former striker Ruud van Nistelrooy.

The Dutchman scored an incredibly impressive 150 goals in five years at Old Trafford, winning one Premier League title and two golden boots before leaving for Real Madrid in 2006.

Despite his relatively short stay at the club, fans still consider Van Nistelrooy as one of the best players to play for the club in the Premier League era. So perhaps Memphis Depay should listen to his words of wisdom.

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Depay arrived at Manchester United from PSV, as Van Nistelrooy did in 2001, amidst much fanfare this summer. He fired PSV to the Eredivisie title last season, claiming the golden boot in the process and cost Louis van Gaal a reported £31million.

But he has so far struggled to bed into the United team and has found himself on the fringes of the squad in recent times. His struggles have been further compounded by the pressure that comes with wearing the club's iconic No.7 shirt.

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Not quite ready

Van Nistelrooy believes Depay has the talent to fulfill the lofty expectations of him but does not believe he is quite ready to become the star of the show just yet.

He said, according to Sky Sports"Memphis has the quality and ability to replicate United's famous number sevens.

"To make a difference at United means being really brilliant and being decisive in big games. He is not yet ready for that quite yet.

"He will rise again. He will become better and more influential. He is really eager to learn.

"When he is with the national team, I have worked very closely with him. We watch his video clips a lot and closely analyse what he can do better and improve upon.

"As a coach, I always look to accentuate positives to make his strong points even better. He will get there, I'm sure."

Chance for reformation

The 21-year-old failed to pack his shooting boots when he left for Manchester and has so far struggled to replicate anything like the kind of form he showed in Eindhoven.

Indeed, the only reason Depay started Saturday's game against Watford was because both Anthony Martial and Wayne Rooney were injured.

But he grabbed a goal in that 2-1 victory and could be given a further chance to impress when his former side travel to Old Trafford in a crucial Champions League encounter tonight.

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