Memphis Depay has all the ingredients to become a Manchester United legend, according to Dutch great Ronald de Boer in De Telegraaf.
However, Depay is yet to reproduce the same form he enjoyed last season, which saw him score 28 goals in 40 appearances.
The Holland international has found the back of the net just five times in 17 games so far, leading to criticism from many, including Van Gaal.
Depay’s inconsistent form has seen him dropped on numerous occasions by his manager, but his impressive display against Watford at the weekend could see him find a way back into the starting XI.
De Boer told De Telegraaf: “Memphis’ recent struggles are quite normal when you join such a big club from an Eredivisie side.
“What really matter is how he deals with it. Let’s not forget that Memphis is still only 21. I was 23 when I started to see how things work in football. We now expect 21-year-olds to be ready to shine at major clubs.
“Cristiano Ronaldo was not a superstar right away either when he joined Manchester United.
“I remember that there were a lot of doubts as to whether he would success. Ronaldo received his fair share of criticism for his antics and people regarded him as a circus act. And just look at what he has achieved now.
“Memphis is a player with exceptional qualities. I am talking about his technique, pace, power and ability to find the net. Plus he is able to beat his direct opponents, something that is becoming increasingly rare in modern football.
“Memphis has what it takes to success at the top, but it will not be easy. You have to be able to deal with setbacks, be critical of your own performances and put in some extra effort when things are not going your way.
“It is hard to say whether he can do all that, but I am optimistic about his chances of becoming a hit at Manchester United.”