Le Tissier and Owen laud performance of Memphis Depay on Twitter

The former Southampton favourite was just one of a number of figures in the game to be impressed by Manchester United's new hero.

Manchester United forward Memphis Depay certainly made a big impression as he opened his goalscoring account for the Red Devils, with ex Southampton star Matt Le Tissier happy to applaud the 21-year-old on Twitter.

The Netherlands international scored two superb efforts in the first half, cutting in from the left hand side on each occasion and demonstrating his superb dribbling skills and eye for goal, ensuring United led Club Brugges after the Belgians had taken a shock lead through Michael Carrick's own goal.

And Depay proved that there are plenty of qualities in his game by curling in a sumptuous cross to Marouane Fellaini in added time, with the former Everton man nodding home to ensure Louis van Gaal's side head to Belgium with a two-goal lead.

In truth, Le Tissier was just one of a number of former professional footballers who were impressed with the young Dutchman's performance in the Champions League qualifier.

Though few of them knew as much about sensational match winning performances as the Saints legend, who was a hero at the Dell and remains so at St Mary's after scoring 209 goals over 16 years on the south coast. 

After the game, Van Gaal told BBC Sport he wanted to kiss his compatriot the winger was so good, which may send Depay running for cover, but praise from former United strikers Andy Cole and Michael Owen should be much more welcome for a player that arrived for big money from PSV this summer.

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