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Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal salutes on song Memphis Depay

By Steven Beacom

Published 19/08/2015

Memphis Depay netted twice at Old Trafford last night
Memphis Depay netted twice at Old Trafford last night

Louis Van Gaal hailed Manchester United's new Champions League hero Memphis Depay, saying: "I want to kiss him!"

Depay's dynamic double blast and Marouane Fellaini's late header earned United a 3-1 lead in their first leg play-off battle against Club Brugge at Old Trafford.

The visitors took a shock lead through Michael Carrick's own goal last night before Depay's stunning strikes with substitute Fellaini adding a third in injury time after Brugge defender Brandon Mechele was sent off.

Depay, wearing United's revered number seven shirt, arrived in the summer for a fee of £25 million, which could rise to £31 milliion, and with the riches on offer in the Champions League the payback has begun with his first goals for the Red Devils.

Van Gaal said: "I want to kiss him. I am very happy for him because a player needs that. I had said it is a matter of time and it was a matter of time.

"Hopefully he shall continue. I have confidence in him. He scored two goals and the assist for the third goal was a fantastic cross from him."

Depay, disappointed not to net a hat-trick, says the team will now be determined to complete what they started next Wednesday in the second leg in Belgium.

He said: "It was really important we won the game. Now we have to travel to Brugge and finish the job."

Belfast Telegraph

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