Manchester United hero Denis Irwin has backed summer arrival Memphis Depay become the club’s new David Beckham.
The Netherlands international joined the Red Devils earlier this summer from PSV Eindhoven, whom he fired to Eredivise glory last term with a whopping 28 goals in all competitions.
Although he netted from many differing situations, Depay’s potency from free-kicks was particularly impressive, with the winger/forward lethal from distance.
Beckham is, perhaps, United’s most iconic dead-ball specialist, and Irwin feels that the 21 could replicate the former Real Madrid and LA Galaxy icon’s record from set-pieces:
“I think Memphis could match Becks.” He told the club’s official website. “I saw him score a few goals last year for PSV and I think he will be a big addition to our team.
“It’s still early days yet, but there’s no doubt that he has a lot of talent. He brings that unpredictability and we don’t possess too many players like that.
“His records will tell you that, even though he’s young, he’s a goalscorer as well, having scored 28 goals last year in Holland.
“We’ve already seen how good he is at finishing, so I think he’ll become a big player for us even though he’s young.”
Depay has featured heavily for United in the run-up to the new season and even found the back of the net against MLS side San Jose Earthquakes.
The versatile and pacey attacker has already worked with Old Trafford boss Louis van Gaal, with the Red Devils gaffer having picked the player in his Oranje World Cup squad last year.