Louis van Gaal declared his love for Memphis Depay after watching the Manchester United new boy stun Club Brugge on Tuesday night.
Depay scored two fantastic goals and set up Marouane Fellaini for the other in United’s 3-1 win over Brugge in the first leg of their Champions League play-off at Old Trafford.
“I want to kiss him,” the United manager said. “I’m very happy for him because a player needs that.
“Hopefully he shall continue to score. I have confidence in him. He showed what he can do. He scored two goals and got the assist for the other.”
Despite opening his account for United in style, Depay left Old Trafford with a tinge of disappointment at not completing his hat-trick.
The £25m forward tried – and failed – to square the ball to Adnan Januzaj in the Brugge box in the first half when he should have shot instead.
And after the restart, he ploughed the ball into the Stretford End after a brilliant move that contained a surging run from Luke Shaw and a neat backheel from Wayne Rooney.
‘’I’m happy that I scored, and of course I’m happy that we won, but I must admit I’m a bit disappointed because I could have scored the last two chances and got a hat-trick,’’ Depay said.
Depay’s double and Fellaini’s header have put United firmly in the driver’s seat ahead of next Wednesday’s second leg. “I don’t think that we have a danger because the players shall know that Brugge is a very difficult club to beat,” Van Gaal said. “They have seen it today. Brugge was very lucky to score a goal because I cannot remember a chance for them.”