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Rene Meulensteen compares Memphis Depay with Cristiano Ronaldo

by Ben Topliss

Former Manchester United coach Rene Meulensteen can see similarities between Memphis Depay and a young Cristiano Ronaldo but insisted the former still has a lot to learn.

Depay has been in sensational form for PSV Eindhoven having scored 25 goals in 35 appearances in all competitions this season.

Man United have been strongly linked with the 21-year-old as Louis van Gaal worked with him during the 2014 World Cup with the Dutch national team and also watched him in action during Netherlands 2-0 victory over Spain in the international break.

Meulensteen believes Depay is a similar player to Ronaldo but that he must work on his game if he is to be a success.

Speaking about the comparisons, Meulensteen said: ”With the caveat that I have never worked with Memphis, I dare to think based on the competition that the 18-year-old Cristiano could do more than Memphis can now.

“They have very similar characteristics: explosiveness, strength, speed. The only problem was that he had too many frills in his game. We had to help him unlearn that.

“Cristiano was also better than Memphis now in being two-footed. Memphis needs to develop his right foot. That was not the case with Cristiano.”

Ronaldo is one of the best players to have ever played the game so it is unfair to compare Depay to him in that respect.

However, the Dutchman has bags of potential and he would be welcomed with open arms should he wish to come to United in the summer. If he does, fans will be hoping he can be half as good for United as Ronaldo was.

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