Memphis Depay has set his sights on scoring many more goals in a Manchester United shirt after opening his account for the club against San Jose Earthquakes on Tuesday night.
The Dutch forward slotted home following a mix-up between two San Jose defenders as Man United eventually sealed a 3-1 win at the Avaya Stadium in front of 18,000 fans.
Memphis was delighted with his first goal and vowed that it will be the first of many.
“It’s a great feeling,” he said.
“I’m a striker or attacking midfielder so it’s always nice to score goals and give assists. Today was my first one and, I think, the first of many so I keep working on it.
“Of course, it was a mistake by the defender but Wayne [Rooney] was putting pressure on him [Jean-Baptiste Pierazzi] so he made the mistake. I was reading the situation. I already thought, like gambling, that he was going to lose the ball so I was there and made my first goal.”
When asked how he was settling in at United, Memphis said: ”I really enjoy it. [I’m] serious – every day. To wake up as a Manchester United player is awesome. I’ve settled in well and the boys are very nice.”
There has been some debate surrounding Memphis’ best position but his versatility will be a important asset for the team ahead of the new Premier League season.
The youngster mentions he loves scoring and assisting goals, which shows he has the mentality of a creative player while also possessing the killer instinct that so many good strikers have. It will be interesting to see where Louis van Gaal deploys Memphis but wherever he is played, his speed, strength and finishing will surely worry opposition defences.