Memphis Depay, Manchester United’s self-assured £31 million summer signing, has made a comment that all Red Devils will love hearing: he wants to become a legend.
Speaking to the Press Association on Wednesday - with his words published by the Daily Mail - the Netherlands international made the following 11-word statement: “I want to be a legend at one time in history.” Remind you of anyone?
However, Depay - who scored his first goal for Manchester United against San Jose Earthquakes on Tuesday night - admitted it’s important he focuses on the present rather than the future.
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“I am very hungry,” Depay admitted. “But the important thing to do for me is to focus on the next game, not to be that far in my head because I have to do my job in every game.
“Maybe one time I can be a legend. Of course it is an honour to have that positive sound from the fans and the legends that talk about me. I am grateful for that.”
Depay settling in well at United
Depay appears to be settling in well with his new teammates, while he has also performed reasonably well in an unfamiliar position in his first two games for Manchester United.
Louis van Gaal used the International Champions Cup (ICC) matches against Club America and San Jose Earthquakes - which the Red Devils won 1-0 and 3-1, respectively - to experiment. And one of his most notable experiments was deploying Depay, a winger by trade, in the No. 10 position behind Wayne Rooney.
It worked, to an extent, but Depay would probably argue that his best position is still on either flank. He may get a chance to prove his class on the wings in Manchester United’s next two ICC matches against European champions Barcelona and Ligue 1 title-holders Paris Saint-Germain.
Depay hails Van Gaal
One of the reasons Depay agreed to join United, rather than another interested club, was because of Van Gaal. The pair worked together with the Netherlands national team at last summer’s World Cup finals in Brazil.
“I don't want to say [Van Gaal] is like a father figure,” Depay continued. “’But he is a great manager. He can make players better.
“I feel I will be a better player every time I train with him. I feel stronger. I feel fit. That is one of the things he can really do to you.
“Everything he tells me to do better I can take that in my mind and work on it. I am very young and I want to do everything better so I become a better player.”
Depay: United can win the league
Depay signed off with another positive message that will please Manchester United supporters. The 21-year-old believes the Red Devils are capable of winning the 2015-16 Premier League title.
“I think that is realistic. We are Manchester United,' he added. “I think we have real qualities. We have to prove that in the games.
“We have to be creative. The defence has to be strong so we win games and we can play for trophies.”
The new Cristiano Ronaldo?
Manchester United fans can’t wait to see Depay strut his stuff at Old Trafford next season, starting on August 8 when the Red Devils take on Tottenham in their Premier League opener.
The Dutchman scored 28 goals in 40 appearances for PSV Eindhoven and has earned comparisons with Cristiano Ronaldo thanks to his strength, speed and quality on the ball.
If he turns out to be half as successful as the three-time Ballon d’Or winner, the £31 million Manchester United paid for Depay this summer will eventually look like peanuts.
Manchester United fans: will Memphis Depay become world-class at Old Trafford? Does he have what it takes to become a legend? Have your say by leaving a comment in the box below!
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