Manchester United legend Denis Irwin has backed Memphis Depay to be a "tremendous player" for the Red Devils in the future. He moved to Old Trafford from PSV Eindhoven last summer after helping his former club win the Eredivisie last season.
The Dutch international has struggled since moving to England and has scored only twice in the Premier League this term. The player himself has admitted that he has struggled ever since he moved to Old Trafford.
However, Depay turned fortunes after impressing in Louis van Gaal's side 5-1 victory over FC Midtjylland as the 20-time English champions progressed to the last 16 of the Europa League clash. He continued to shine as United registered a 3-2 victory over Arsenal in the league.
Irwin, who played for United between 1990 and 2002 and was part of the treble winning squad, stressed that the forward has struggled since switching to Old Trafford. The former United defender believes the Red Devils faithful will have to wait until the next season to see the best of Depay in a United shirt.
"Memphis scored a lot of goals for PSV last season. That tells you he is a goalscorer. The Premier League is tough, is the toughest, most physical league in the world and I think it is fair enough to say that he is taking time to settle," Irwin told IBTimes UK.
"But he is a player with a huge talent, who knows what his goal is. He is obviously a typical forward and when he scores goals, his confidence improves a lot. I think he will be a tremendous player."
"He is a boy with plenty of talent. He is a young and confident lad. I don't think there is any doubt about that [he will be a great player]. He has not played so often and it is not easy to come into a side cause you are really not at your sharpness. But, he played very well in the Europa League," he added.
"I saw him pre-season where he played as a frontman and he has predominantly played on the left this season. I think he will get better and better. You probably have to wait till next season till you see the best of Memphis," the Old Trafford favourite concluded.