Beckham hopes No.7 shirt can inspire Memphis Depay

SoccerBy Kevin Palmer
Memphis has struggled in his first few months at Man Utd
Memphis has struggled in his first few months at Man Utd

Manchester United great David Beckham has urged Memphis Depay to use the club's iconic No.7 shirt to propel him to the top of the game.

Beckham wore the shirt made famous by George Best, Bryan Robson and Eric Cantona with pride in his time at United, with Cristiano Ronaldo among those who have worn it since his departure from the club.

Memphis was handed the No.7 jersey after his arrival from PSV Eindhoven last summer, but he has failed to make his mark so far and has been dropped by manager Louis van Gaal in recent weeks.

Now Beckham is hoping the Dutch wonder kid will come good, as he urged him to draw inspiration from the legends who have worn the shirt in years gone by. 

"When you get given the No 7 shirt it doesn't matter who has worn it in the past or what that player has achieved in the past," stated Beckham.

"I don't see it as an intimidation, I see it as an honour.

"At the end of the day it is a special shirt to wear but I don't think personally that it comes with any pressure. It always was an inspiration for me.

"It was never my shirt. It was George Best's, Bryan Robson's, Eric Cantona's.

"The only reason I wanted to wear the No 7 shirt was because of these players. The No 7 shirt is a special shirt for Man United. It always has been and it always will be.

"I went from wearing the No 10 shirt and then the manager calling me in and saying: 'We've just signed Teddy Sheringham and he wants No 10.' And I was like: 'Oh really, do I have to give it up?'

"There wasn't really a conversation to be honest. So obviously I didn't argue the fact. I always wanted the No 7 shirt; I just never thought I'd get it, but when the manager decided to give me it, it was special."

Depay will be looking to get his United career up and running when Van Gaal's side travel to face Watford at Vicarage Road on Saturday.