Video - Memphis is the new king of Old Trafford
Angel Di Maria spent a year as Manchester United's No.7 trying and failing to prove he was worthy of the celebrated jersey - but his successor the club's most iconic shirt has confirmed he is a star worthy of his billing.
Memphis Depay's stunning two long-range goals sent United on their way to a 3-1 victory in the first leg of their Champions League play-off against Club Brugge, with the quality of the Dutchman's strikes suggesting the summer signing from PSV Eindhoven is ready to emerge as the new star of Louis van Gaal's side.
"It is really important we win the game. We created a lot of chances, I feel disappointed I could not finish the last two chances," stated Memphis, as his goals eased United's nerves following an early Michael Carrick own goal.
"I ended last season with a lot of goals, come to a big club and you have to do a good job again. It is a nice feeling to score two goals at Old Trafford."
Van Gaal led the chorus of praise for his new star man as he said: "I am very happy for Memphis because a player needs that," said a delighted Van Gaal.
"I said it was a matter of time and hopefully he shall continue. He is 21 and he has only played two seasons for PSV, I have confidence in him."
A last gasp Marouane Fellaini goal gave United an additional cushion ahead of the second leg in Belgium next week, but it was Depay who was the talk of twitter after the game, with his own tweet confirming his boot laces were ready for his own Champions League debut.
The adulation for the new hero of Old Trafford was also evident in these messages:
Man of the match with 2 goals and An assist @Memphis very clear— Patrick Kluivert (@PatrickKluivert) August 18, 2015
Buzzing for @Memphis 👊⚽️— Andrew Cole (@vancole9) August 18, 2015
Van Gaal on Memphis: "I want to kiss him tonight"— Steve Douglas (@sdouglas80) August 18, 2015