Memphis Depay is confident he can do the No.7 shirt proud at Manchester United and follow in the footsteps of some legends at the club.
Angel di Maria’s £44.3m move to Paris Saint Germain meant that the No.7 shirt became vacant at Old Trafford and Memphis was given the responsibility of it straight away, having asked Louis van Gaal to take it.
Speaking about the distinguished No.7 shirt, the Dutchman expressed his confidence ahead of taking up the mantle in his first season in English football.
“Yes, of course (I’m aware of the pressure) and the history,” said Memphis.
“I appreciate the history, but I want to be my own man. It’s an honour to wear the number seven and I will wear it with pride.
“Last year I played with seven on my back (for PSV) and I scored a lot of goals so I am confident with that number.
“I’m aware of that and I want to be as good as possible this year, I want to bring creative things, goals. I have to play with discipline in midfield.”
“I can’t lose the ball too much, but I can make risks on the sides and when I come into the third phase, then I can make my tricks and take risks.”
United fans presumed that Di Maria’s departure would leave the door open for Pedro to take the famous shirt but Van Gaal awarded it to Memphis instead of keeping it unfilled, which was a massive vote of confidence by the manager.
Nobody has done the No.7 shirt justice at Old Trafford since Cristiano Ronaldo’s departure. As seen last season, such a prestigious shirt can weigh too heavily on the shoulders of some players.
However, for a player who exudes confidence and youthful determination, the No.7 shirt could be a catalyst for Memphis this season, who has already expressed his desire to establish himself as a United legend in similar fashion to No.7s before him.
Such lofty ambitions show that Memphis is not a man who shrinks under pressure, which is a valuable asset to have at United.