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Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal salutes on song Memphis Depay

By Steven Beacom

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."

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