Bayern Munich winger Arjen Robben has spoken of the similarities he sees between himself and Manchester United’s Memphis Depay.
Both players have benefitted from the tutelage of Louis van Gaal with both club and country and have a similar playing style, despite being ten years apart in age.
The two Dutchmen are known for their exceptional speed on the ball, as well as their marvellous technical ability. And with Robben’s career drawing to a close, Memphis has been touted as the 31-year-old’s heir to being the focal point in the international side’s attack.
Aside from playing style, Robben has identified similarities in the way him and Memphis have progressed as footballers.
“I was only 21 when I left PSV [Eindhoven] and went to Chelsea. And I went directly from the Eredivisie to an elite club,” said Robben.
“It demands a lot from you as the level and the intensity is much higher [than in the Netherlands].
“The only way to survive is to open your mind to the world of football. You have to give your 100% in every training session to improve your game.”
Robben, who recently said that Memphis could be one of the best players in the world, is a clear admirer of the 21-year-old. Such confidence in the youngster from one of the finest wingers in modern football is highly significant; if Memphis could be just half as good as the Bayern winger, Man United fans would be over the moon.
Although Memphis is yet to fully demonstrate his prowess in the Premier League, the winger was arguably United’s best player in their two-legged tie with Club Brugge, showcasing incredible trickery and control throughout the contest. Supporters will be eager to see if Memphis can replicate this blistering kind of form in United’s upcoming league matches, which is something van Gaal’s side as a collective have been unable to do so far.