Memphis Depay says it’s ‘crazy’ to play alongside Wayne Rooney after using him on the Playstation for years

by Leo Nieboer

New signing Memphis Depay has revealed he always used to play with Wayne Rooney the striker on his PlayStation as a youngster.

Memphis joined Manchester United early on in the summer for a fee in the region of £31m after a fantastic season with PSV Eindhoven.

The winger has enjoyed a positive start at Old Trafford, earning praise for a lively debut against Tottenham Hotspur and although he didn’t score against Aston Villa, it was an improved performance on his debut.

When asked which United player stood out for him, Memphis said: “I don’t have one player, it’s difficult to pick one player.

“But for example Wayne, it’s a big step for me, it’s crazy to play with him because a few years ago I used to play with him on the PlayStation and now we play with each other.

“That’s the difference, I’m making my steps also.”

Above anything, this is just another telling example of how young players around the world idolise United.

Being so overawed by the magnitude of the club can be problematic, as players often shrink into their shells as opposed to excelling.

However, judging by Memphis’ performances so far in a United shirt as well as his desire to become a club legend, it seems like Memphis will channel his veneration for Rooney and the club itself into a real desire to succeed at Old Trafford.

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