You can read 9 more articles this month
by Suzanne Beishon
MEMPHIS DEPAY will have to fight off the advances of manager Louis Van Gaal after his heroics against Club Brugge on Tuesday night.
The steely Dutch boss purred: “I want to kiss him tonight,” after his £25 million man hit two stunning strikes before setting up Marouane Fellaini in the dying seconds to secure a 3-1 victory in the first leg of their Champions League qualifier at Old Trafford.
“I’m very happy for him because a player needs that.
“Hopefully he shall continue to score.“I have confidence in him. He showed what he can do tonight. He scored two goals and got the assist for the other.”
After his brace, his first goals for his new club after signing from PSV Eindhoven this summer, the young winger was left ruing missed opportunities that denied him a hat-trick.
In particular, a late United surge from Luke Shaw and tidy backheel from Wayne Rooney left Depay with the perfect opportunity to take the match ball but instead he skied it into the Stretford End crowd.
“I’m happy that I scored, and of course I’m happy that we won, but I must admit I’m a bit disappointed because I could have scored the last two chances and got a hat-trick,” Depay said.
“I will think about that tonight and forget about it tomorrow.”When Michael Carrick turned the ball into his own net in the eighth minute, it looked like United’s first Champions League tie at Old Trafford in 16 months might not go to script.
But Depay’s brace and Fellaini’s guiding header put United firmly in the driver’s seat ahead of next Wednesday’s second leg.
“I don’t think that we have a danger because the players shall know that Brugge is a very difficult club to beat,” Van Gaal added.
“They have seen it today. Brugge was very lucky to score a goal because I cannot remember a chance for Brugge.”
You can’t buy a revolution, but you can help the only daily paper in Britain that’s fighting for one by joining the 501 club.
Just £5 a month gives you the opportunity to win one of 17 prizes, from £25 to the £501 jackpot.
By becoming a 501 Club member you are helping the Morning Star cover its printing, distribution and staff costs — help keep our paper thriving by joining!
You can’t buy a revolution, but you can help the only daily paper in Britain that’s fighting for one by become a member of the People’s Printing Press Society.
The Morning Star is a readers’ co-operative, which means you can become an owner of the paper too by buying shares in the society.
Shares are £1 each — though unlike capitalist firms, each shareholder has an equal say. Money from shares contributes directly to keep our paper thriving.
Some union branches have taken out shares of over £500 and individuals over £100.
You can’t buy a revolution, but you can help the only daily paper in Britain that’s fighting for one by donating to the Fighting Fund.
The Morning Star is unique, as a lone socialist voice in a sea of corporate media. We offer a platform for those who would otherwise never be listened to, coverage of stories that would otherwise be buried.
The rich don’t like us, and they don’t advertise with us, so we rely on you, our readers and friends. With a regular donation to our monthly Fighting Fund, we can continue to thumb our noses at the fat cats and tell truth to power.
Donate today and make a regular contribution.