New Manchester United signing Memphis Depay has rejected comparisons to Cristiano Ronaldo, but is planning to excite fans of the club.
United boss Louis van Gaal previously compared Depay to Lionel Messi due to his ability to score goals from the wing.
“He’s a goalscoring winger and there aren’t so many of them in the world,” Van Gaal told MUTV in May. “[Lionel] Messi is one of those.”
But Depay has acknowledged he still has plenty of work to do before he is considered among football’s elite.
“I don’t want to say I can be like somebody as that, but I think I can excite the fans,” he said at his official unveiling.
However, Van Gaal believes Depay has the confidence to shine at Old Trafford.
“I think he’s one of the few highly-talented boys of his age,” Van Gaal said. “He’s full of confidence, as you can hear, but he also knows there’s a difference between the Premier League and the Dutch league.
“He’s full of confidence, he’ll say what he’s thinking.”
Depay was officially unveiled as a United player on Friday, having completed his £25 million move from PSV Eindhoven, and is set to join the club on their pre-season tour of the United States.
The Netherlands international scored 28 goals in 40 appearances in all competitions last season.