Manchester United legend Jaap Stam believes that PSV Eindhoven’s Memphis Depay could be the next Ryan Giggs or Cristiano Ronaldo at Old Trafford, reports the Daily Express.
The former centre-back also made the move from PSV to the Red Devils back in 1998, and went on to enjoy a successful time at the club. He has backed his compatriot to do the same, and do it in style.
Stam likens the 21-year-old to the players that United have had over the years who are able to take players on and score as well as create goals – and the two most notable of those over the past two decades have been Giggs and Ronaldo. The former was a key part of the team for 20 years, while the latter has helped the club to a Champions League before moving to Real Madrid.
The former United hero said: “He’s a quality player. United always want to attack and the club always has an interest in players that have a lot of pace and who can also play the one-vs-ones and create something or score goals. Memphis is that type of player.
“He doesn’t pay a lot of attention to what people say in the press, he does his own thing and is very focused on his own thing. Of course, he is a team player and that’s what you need to be at United, but he has his own qualities and he knows that.”
He added: “He’s proven that in Holland for a couple of seasons now and also with the national team and I think it’s a good step for him to join United now, and also work with Louis van Gaal because he knows him very well of course.”
The youngster has the stats to prove he is up to the task as well. In the current campaign he has scored 21 goals in 28 Eredivisie appearances, helping his team to win the Dutch top flight.